Last Updated: 2019-12-04
The Los Angeles Lakers (18-3) will attempt to prolong a nine-game road winning streak when they challenge the Utah Jazz (12-9) at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah opened as a 2-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 210 points. Action gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, and it can be seen on NBATV.
Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz Betting Preview
The Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets in their last contest, 105-96, despite being 6-point underdogs. With 25 points and 10 rebounds, Los Angeles’ Anthony Davis had a good outing. Los Angeles played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 23.1) and a free throw rate of 0.238 (above their season average of 0.181). For those same stats, Denver was 14.3 and 0.176, respectively. The two teams combined to score 201 points, which finished well under the projected point total of 222.5.
The last time the Jazz played, they were defeated by the Philadelphia 76ers, 103-94, and were not able to cover as 5-point underdogs. Rudy Gobert was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points on 11-for-15 shooting. Philadelphia held the Jazz to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.4 (below their season average of 19.4). Utah, meanwhile, held the 76ers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.478 (below their season average of 0.530). The two clubs collectively scored 197 points, which was under the projected point total of 209.
The inefficient offense of Utah will face off against the stingy defense of Los Angeles. The Jazz rank 22nd in offensive efficiency, while the Lakers are third in defensive efficiency. The Lakers should have the edge on that end of the court.
Both of these teams have a tendency to go under the O/U total. Los Angeles games have gone under 60.0 percent of the time, while 61.9 percent of games featuring Utah have finished under. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Lakers have a significant advantage. They are 18-3 SU and 11-9 ATS, while the Jazz are 12-9 SU and 8-13 ATS.
These two clubs have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined for 181 points, well under the projected point total of 214.5. The Lakers won 95-86, covering as 4-point favorites. Los Angeles had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (22.9 vs. 8.8). Utah, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of making free throws (20-21; 95.2 percent). LeBron James recorded a double-double with 32 points and 10 assists.
Lakers vs. Jazz Betting Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Lakers, ATS Winner – Lakers, O/U – Under
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Los Angeles ranks first in blocks per game (7.1) while Utah ranks 24th (4.4).
Los Angeles ranks sixth in points off turnovers per game (18.2) while Utah ranks 20th in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.5).
The Jazz rank fifth in three pointers allowed per game (32.0) while the Lakers rank 13th (33.2).
Utah is 4-5 ATS at home, while Los Angeles is 4-5 ATS on the road.
Utah is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, Los Angeles is 2-3 ATS with 5 unders.
The Jazz have been outscored by an average of 8.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Utah has defeated opponents by an average of 1.0 point.
During their last five games, the Lakers have scored an average of 111.6 points per game (0.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 105.4 points per game (1.7 above their season average).