Jazz visit Lakers in hoops battle
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds
The Lakers will hit the floor running against the visiting Utah Jazz on Sunday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.
This season the Lakers are 9-11 overall and 9-11 ATS against the number, while the Jazz are 11-10 and 9-11-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Los Angeles is 11-9 on the OU, and Utah is 11-9-1.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Lakers and the No. 15-ranked Jazz, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 103-101 result in favor of the Lakers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 7-ranked offense (101.4 PPG) against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 19 at 98.8 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 45.6% from the field per game, more than the Jazz have managed so far this season (44.6% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Jazz own the league's No. 23-rated mark, allowing 102.8 points per game when playing on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 11 in scoring on their home court.
The Jazz were a 131-99 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Raptors. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (230) made winners of OVER bettors. Toronto was run off the court by the Jazz on Friday as Utah blasted the Raptors 131-99 at EnergySolutions Arena.
Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 114-108 result against the Thunder on December 7. The Lakers covered in that game as a 7.5-point underdog, while the 222 combined points took the game OVER the total. Los Angeles got 35 points from Kobe Bryant en route to a 114-108 loss at the hands of Los Angeles on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing San Antonio are 3-7
After playing Toronto are 2-8
After a win are 5-5
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing Cleveland are 6-4
After playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
A few Jazz at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Utah's last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Utah's last 23 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Utah's last 9 games
Utah is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 18-2 SU in their last 20 games when playing at home against Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 7 games when playing Utah
LA Lakers are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games at home
LA Lakers are 16-7 SU in their last 23 games when playing Utah
Utah home to San Antonio, Wednesday, December 12
LA Lakers at Cleveland, Tuesday, December 11