LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS UTAH JAZZ BETTING PREVIEW
Betting trend to know
The Lakers are enjoying a 4-0 ATS stretch versus the Jazz in their last four meetings and Utah is an unimpressive 0-8-1 ATS in its last nine games following a loss. Find more NBA betting trends for Lakers vs. Jazz
AGAINST THE SPREAD PICK
The Lakers shot a season-low 35.4 percent from the field Saturday as they ran into a Toronto Raptors defense that allows the fewest points per game. A Utah defense that let the Oklahoma City Thunder shoot 53.2 percent from the floor should help correct the Lakers’ shooting percentage.
It looks like the Lakers stars are getting a full slate of minutes, at least until they lock up the No.1 seed. LeBron James and Anthony Davis both logged over 34 minutes and will look to get the offense back on track Sunday against a Utah team whom they have beaten in both matchups this year by an average 17 points. Utah’s starters also combined for just 52 points in Saturday’s loss.
The Lakers are 7-2 ATS in games they have won following a loss. We like the Lakers here in a big bounce-back spot.
PREDICTION: Lakers -6 (-110)
Both teams sit in the top-nine in points allowed per game and are a combined 0-4 O/U to start the seeding games. Coincidently, both teams are coming off terrible shooting performances, but we see the Lakers fixing the problem before the Jazz do. Utah is still trying to replace Bojan Bogdanovic’s 20 points per game as the injured forward will miss the remainder of the season.
We like having faith in both offenses when pulling the trigger on an Over and the Jazz are in a bad spot against an LA team that should come out strong and flex their No.2 defense (PTS/G) after losing to the defending champs.
PREDICTION: Under 219 (-110)
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PLAYER PROP PICK
LA forward Kyle Kuzma has scored 16 points in each of the last two games which is 3.4 points more than he has averaged this season. The Lakers’ third-highest scorer is playing nearly 30 minutes a game off the bench of late and is 7-of-14 from behind the arc while in the bubble.
Given Utah’s recent defensive struggles, and perhaps an expanded role down the stretch, we are taking Kuzma’s point total and tapping the Over.
PREDICTION: Kyle Kuzma Over 14.5 points (-120)
LAKERS VS JAZZ BETTING CARD
• Lakers -6 (-110)
• Under 219 (-110)
• K.Kuzma Over 14.5 points (-120)
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