Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz
The Los Angeles Lakers look to continue their dominance over the Utah Jazz when the two collide from Salt Lake City. The Jazz are -1.5 point favorites over the Lakers with an over/under point total set at 187.5.
Even though the Lakers have struggled away from home this season, one of their road wins came in their last meeting with the Jazz back on the 11th of January as Kobe Bryant scored 40 points to lead Los Angeles to a 90-87 win in overtime. After dismantling Utah by 25 points in their first meeting of the season in Los Angeles, the Lakers found it much harder the second time around as they needed an extra five minutes to secure the win. Paul Millsap poured in 29 points, but it wasn’t enough as Bryant couldn’t be stopped, going 14-31 from the field and 11-11 from the free throw line.
After last night’s win in Denver, the Lakers are now 3-7 on the road, which pales in comparison to their 11-2 home record. The Jazz on the other hand have cooled off after their blistering start to the season, but they are still one of the most feared home teams in the league, going 10-4 at Energy Solutions arena this season.
Head to head, the Lakers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Utah, while the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, but just 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games as a home favorite and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a home favorite of 0.5-4.5. The Lakers on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog of 0.5-4.5 and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games.
It’s hard not to like the Jazz here. Even though they have lost two straight, they can beat anyone at home and after they dropped their first two games to the Lakers, I think their due for a win here. If you watched the last meeting in Utah, the Jazz were pretty unlucky not to come out with a win in that game. Los Angeles still owns are poor road record and they are on one of the hardest back to backs in the league, having to play in the high altitude of Denver and Utah. Like the Jazz quite a lot here.
Utah Jazz -1.5 Los Angeles Lakers