The Los Angeles Lakers (19-20) travel to face off against the Utah Jazz (20-20) on Saturday, January 13th. This game will be played at Delta Center in Salt Lake City and televised on KJZZ. The Jazz are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Lakers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Raptors. Tip-off is set for 9:30 ET.
Lakers vs Jazz
The Lakers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Lakers were defeated by the Suns in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 127-109. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Lakers couldn’t cover the spread as +1.5 point underdogs. As for the over/under, the combined score of 236 points didn’t reach the over/under line of 239.
If the Lakers beat the Jazz, they will be at .500 for the season. So far, in the Western Conference, the Lakers are 14-13 and 5-7 against non-conference opponents. Overall, the Lakers are 19-20 for the season.
So far, Los Angeles’ ATS record is below .500 at 16-23. Los Angeles has not been good vs. the spread in their last two home games, and they are 8-12 ATS at home compared to 8-11 on the road.
The Jazz Are Coming Off A Win
In the Jazz’s most recent game against the Raptors, Lauri Markkanen led the Jazz with 22 points while going 7/11 from the field. Jordan Clarkson also added 21 points as the Jazz won the game by a score of 145-113.
Currently, the Jazz are 20-20 and are looking to have a winning record when they face the Lakers. In the Western Conference, the Jazz are 10th and are 4th in the Northwest division.
Utah is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 24-16. Utah has covered the spread in two straight home games and are 14-4 ATS at home compared to 10-12 on the road.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
Through 39 games the Lakers are averaging 113.8 points per contest, placing them 19th in the NBA.
The Lakers have been an above-average offensive team this season, ranking 19th in scoring at 113.8 points per game. However, they have been better on the road, averaging 113.1 points compared to 114.6 at home.
So far, the Lakers have outscored the NBA average in just 35.9% of their games. They have been an efficient shooting team, ranking 8th in field goal percentage at 48%.
One area where the Lakers have struggled is three-point shooting. They are last in the league in three-point attempts and have made just 35% of their shots from beyond the arc.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
The Jazz come into today’s game as the 13th ranked scoring offense at 116 points per game.
At home, the Jazz are averaging 122.7 points per game, which is 6th in the NBA. Overall, they are 13th in scoring at 116 points per game. In terms of pace, they are 11th in the NBA at 99.9 possessions per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Jazz are 10th in made threes at 13.3 per game. However, they are just 23rd in three-point shooting percentage at 35%. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 22nd in the league at 46%.
So far this season, the Jazz have outscored the NBA scoring average in 55% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 7th in the league with an average of 28 per game. When it comes to offensive rebounding, they are 4th in the NBA.
Lakers Team Defense
Los Angeles’ defense is currently in line with the NBA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 115.4 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Lakers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 53.0% while allowing 38.3% from downtown.
Jazz Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Jazz’s defense is giving up an average of 118.3 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 52.5% of their games. On two point field goal attempts, the Jazz’s defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 54.6% and allowing 37.7% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Lakers And Jazz
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Anthony Davis is set to be the main scorer for the Lakers, recording 23 points and shooting 9/16 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 25.3 points per game, along with 12 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Lauri Markkanen as the leading scorer for the Jazz. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 24 while also collecting 8 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 49.2%, and he is contributing 23.6 points per game on average.
Lakers vs Jazz Trends
- Across their last three road contests, Los Angeles has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 114 points per game.
- Utah has played well in their previous five home games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 116 points per game while allowing 116. The team also performed well vs the spread at 4-1.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Jazz have a strong straight up record of 3-0. In addition, their ATS record was 3-0 in these scenarios.
- As the betting favorite, the Lakers have an ATS mark of just 2-8 in their last ten games. Los Angeles posted a straight up mark of 4-6 in these matchups.
We’re backing the Lakers for a victory, with the projected score at 115-110. Additionally, we favor them to cover the spread, so we recommend placing a bet on the Lakers at -2.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 237, and our model projects the Lakers and Jazz to reach a combined total of 225 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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