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Lakers visit Jazz in NBA clash

Los Angeles LakersUtah Jazz
13-16December 27, 2013, 09:00 | EnergySolutions Arena8-23

The Utah Jazz host Los Angeles on Friday, looking to build on their 8-23 mark against the 13-16 Lakers in NBA action at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Jazz bring a 8-23 record (13-17-1 ATS) to the battle against the 13-16 Lakers, who are 17-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Utah go 14-17 so far and the Lakers go 14-15. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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The visitors opened this morning as 3-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 197 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game pits the Jazz, currently No. 25 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Lakers, who rate No. 24 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 88-84 victory for the Lakers.

The Lakers were a 101-95 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Heat. They covered the 9-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (196) made winners of UNDER bettors. Los Angeles suffered a 101-95 loss against Miami on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Nick Young in a losing effort at STAPLES Center.

In their last action, Utah was a 104-94 loser on the road against the Grizzlies. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (198) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Utah suffered a 104-94 loss against Memphis on Monday, getting 18 points from Trey Burke in a losing effort at FedExForum.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Utah's No. 27-ranked offense (92.71 PPG) against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 28 at 103.34 PPG. The Jazz have averaged 43.05% from the field per game, less than the Lakers have managed so far this season (43.88% on average).

Next up:
Los Angeles home to Philadelphia, Sunday, December 29th