The Utah Jazz (4-9) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (8-6) on Tuesday, November 21st. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Crypto.com Arena and televised on TNT. The Lakers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Jazz are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Rockets. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Jazz vs Lakers
The Jazz Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Jazz is coming off a loss to the Suns in their latest game, ending with a score of 140-137. In the face of their straight-up loss, the Jazz did coverthe spread as +5 point underdogs. The over/under line entering this matchup was 239.5 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.
As they prepare to face off against the Lakers, the Jazz are 4-9 overall and are looking to snap a two game losing streak. Currently, in the Western Conference, the team is ranked 12th, and they are 4th in the Northwest division.
Utah has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 7-6 against the spread. This season, Utah has a 2-0 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 5-6 when playing as underdogs.
The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win
The Lakers beat the Rockets in their most recent game, ending with a score of 105-104. Going into the game, the Lakers were favored by -6 and their 1 point win was not enough to cover the spread. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 209 points ended up below the over/under line of 221.
Coming into today’s matchup, the Lakers will be looking to build on their current two game winning streak and their overall record is currently 8-6. At this time, the team’s rank is 6th in the Western Conference, and they are also 2nd in the Pacific division.
Los Angeles has an overall ATS record of 5-9 for the season so far. This season, Los Angeles has a 3-6 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 2-3 when playing as underdogs.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
The Utah offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 9th ranked offense at 116.8 points per game. The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.1 made 3’s per game. If the Utah offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
Los Angeles has recorded an average of 111.9 points per game (19th) throughout 14 games games. In terms of pace, the Lakers are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 101 possessions per game. The team has not only adopted an up-tempo pace but has also integrated this style with one of the NBA’s top field goal percentages, currently at 48%.
Jazz Team Defense
Currently, the Jazz’s defense holds the 26th rank in the NBA, allowing 122.0 points per game.
Inside the arc, the Jazz defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 57.5% and 37.3% from three-point territory.
Lakers Team Defense
The Lakers’ defense is presently ranked 16th in the league, allowing an average of 113.6 points per contest.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Lakers are forcing 14.9 per game, which is 24th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 2nd in blocked shots at 6.4 per game.
Key Players For The Jazz And Lakers
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Lauri Markkanen will be the primary scorer for the Jazz, with 15 points and going 5/11 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 24.8 points per game, in addition to 8.8 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate LeBron James to be the top scorer for the Lakers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 21, and he is expected to secure 6 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 58.6%, and his scoring average is 26.4 points per game.
Jazz vs Lakers Trends
- Although Utah has a straight up record of 1-4 in their last five road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 2-3. The team averaged 111 points per game in these games.
- Although Los Angeles has a straight up record of 2-8 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 5-5. The team averaged 110 points per game in these games.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Jazz have gone 3-2 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-4.
- In their last five contests as the favorite, Los Angeles has a poor record vs the spread going 2-3. But, they still put together a straight up mark of 4-1.
We’re calling a win for the Lakers, with a final score of 110-101, and we’re taking them to cover the spread. Our recommendation is to bet on the Lakers at -8.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 236 and our model has the Jazz and Lakers finishing with a combined 211 points. Our pick is to take the under.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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