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Utah's Stellar Defense is Leading to a Plethora of UNDERs

The Utah Jazz have completely dominated the Los Angeles Lakers this year and can put the finishing touches on a four-game season sweep of the Lakers for the first time in franchise history with a win tonight. Oddsmakers initially set the Jazz as 12.5-point home favorites with an OVER/UNDER of 204.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Lakers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games on the road.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Lakers' last nine games.
  • The Jazz are 6-1 SU in their last seven games at home.

The Lakers have been keeping this series close, however. Utah’s three wins over L.A. have come by an average of five points, with the Lakers covering the spread in two of those games. Jazz center Rudy Gobert has enjoyed facing Los Angeles this year, as the Frenchman is averaging 13 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots versus the Lakers in 2016-17.

L.A. continues to spiral downward and now occupies the last spot in the Western Conference at 16-33. Luke Walton’s club has dropped seven of its last eight games after suffering a 105-98 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

Over the last few months, the Jazz have quietly been an UNDER bettors’ dream. Utah is 7-17 OVER/UNDER in its past 24 affairs.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Utah Jazz as -12.5-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 204.5 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 114-95 result in favor of the Jazz today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Utah battles the Los Angeles Lakers, currently with a 16-33 mark (21-27-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 22-25 for the Utah Jazz and 26-23 for the Los Angeles Lakers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Utah vs Los Angeles injuries news.

This game pits the Utah Jazz, currently No. 6 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Los Angeles Lakers, who rate No. 25 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Utah's No. 28-ranked offense averaging 99.45 PPG, against a Los Angeles Lakers defense that ranks No. 27 at 110.35 PPG. The Utah Jazz field goal percentage has averaged 46.35% so far, more than the Los Angeles Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 44.4% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Louis Williams chucked in 31 points for Los Angeles on Wednesday, but they still came up short in losing 105-98 at Moda Center.

The Jazz got 18 points from Derrick Favors, but it was Denver that prevailed in a 103-93 final on Tuesday at Pepsi Center.

Betting Trends
  • LA Lakers is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • LA Lakers is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 6 games
  • LA Lakers is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Utah is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Utah is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Utah's last 24 games

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles home to Denver, Tuesday, January 31st
Utah home to Memphis, Saturday, January 28th