The Los Angeles Lakers (-133) are favored by 2 points on the road against the Utah Jazz (+112) in a Western Conference matchup. The over/under line is set at 237 points.
This game will be played at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 ET and the game can be seen on KJZZ.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS UTAH JAZZ BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -2
This game will be played at Delta Center at 9:30 ET on Saturday, January 13th.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-110 in favor of the Lakers.
- Our projections have Anthony Davis finishing with Anthony Davis points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists.
- From the field, we have the Lakers finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.0% and knocking down 12 threes.
Will Los Angeles Be The Talk of Delta Center?
This season, the Lakers have an overall record of 19-20 and are currently in 11th place in the Western Conference. In non-conference games, they are 5-7 and 14-13 against other Western Conference teams.
When playing on the road, the Lakers have a record of 6-13 straight up and are 8-11 ATS. As the favorite, they are 15-8 straight up but have an ATS record of 9-14. Their average scoring differential on the road is -7.4 PPG.
For the season, the Lakers have been the favorite in 23 of their 39 games. Their average scoring differential as the favorite is +3.5 PPG, but they are just 9-14 ATS in these games. Their straight-up record as the favorite is 15-8.
Los Angeles’ last game was a 127-109 loss to the Suns. They were 1.5-point underdogs going into the game, and the combined scoring total of 236 was below the O/U line of 239. This was their second straight ATS loss.
The Lakers’ O/U record for the season is 20-19. In their games this year, the average over/under line is 229.8, and the average combined scoring total is 229.2. 34 of their 39 games have had lower O/U lines than 237, and they have an O/U record of 18-16 in these games.
Heading into their matchup against the Jazz, the Lakers are 19th in the NBA in scoring at 113.8 points per game. However, when playing on the road, they are averaging 113.1 points per game compared to 114.6 at home.
One area where the Lakers have excelled is in their two-point shooting. They are 7th in the league in two-point shooting percentage at 55%. Overall, the Lakers are 8th in field goal percentage at 48%.
Despite being 6th in the NBA in pace, the Lakers are just 29th in three-point attempts. They are shooting 35% from beyond the arc, which is 26th in the league.
On defense, Lakers is currently around the league average in points allowed, giving up an average of 115.4 points per game. The Los Angeles defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.3% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.9% of their field goal attempts vs. Los Angeles.
Can the Jazz Offense Score Enough at Home?
Utah is 20-20 overall this season and is currently 10th in the Western Conference. In non-conference games, they are 9-5 compared to 11-15 against other teams in the West.
As the underdog, the Jazz have an average scoring differential of -5.2 points per game. However, they have won three straight games as the underdog. At home, they are 13-5 straight up and 14-4 ATS.
Against the spread, Utah has covered the spread in four straight games. Today, they are 2-point underdogs and have an ATS record of 19-14 as the underdog.
In their last game, Utah was a 1.5-point favorite and won 145-113. The game’s over/under line was 242.5, and the teams combined for 258 points.
On average, Utah’s games have seen 234.4 points scored this season, and their O/U record is 21-18-1. 28 of their 40 games have had lower over/under lines than 237.
At home, the Jazz are averaging 122.7 points per game, which is the 6th best mark in the league. Overall, they are 13th in scoring at 116 points per game. In terms of pace, Utah is 11th in the NBA, averaging 99.9 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Jazz are 22nd in field goal percentage at 46%. They are also 15th in two-point shooting at 54%. From beyond the arc, Utah is 10th in made threes but just 23rd in three-point shooting percentage.
In terms of free throws, the Jazz are 16th in made free throws at 18.3 per game. When it comes to assists, they are 7th in the league at 28 per game. Finally, Utah is 4th in offensive rebounds, grabbing an average of 12.8 per contest.
At this time, the Jazz’s defense is positioned 23rd in the NBA, permitting 118.3 points per game. The Utah defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.7% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.7% of their field goal attempts vs. Utah.