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NBA Game Preview - Jazz underdogs vs Lakers at Los Angeles

Utah JazzLos Angeles Lakers
11-24January 03, 2014, 10:30 | STAPLES Center13-19

The NBA betting slate features a clash between Los Angeles and Utah on Friday, with the host Lakers trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.

This season the Lakers are 13-19 overall and 18-14 ATS against the number, while the Jazz are 11-24 and 16-18-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Los Angeles is 15-17 on the OU, and Utah is 15-20.

View Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Jazz before tip-off in this one found them as 5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 197.5 at TopBet.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Lakers at No. 26 and the Jazz at No. 23 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 87-84 result in favor of the Lakers.

Utah won its last outing, a 96-87 result against the Bucks on January 2. The Jazz covered in that game as a 5.5-point favorite, while the 183 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Jazz grabbed a 96-87 win over the Bucks on Thursday, behind a 22-point effort from Gordon Hayward at EnergySolutions Arena.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 94-79 loser at home against the Bucks. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (173) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Nick Young scored 25 points for Los Angeles on Tuesday, but the Bucks managed a 94-79 victory over the Lakers at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 98.94 PPG, against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 16 at 100.46 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 43.6% so far, more than the Jazz shooters have achieved on the year, 43.12% per game.

Next up:
Utah home to Seattle, Tuesday, January 7th
Los Angeles home to Denver, Sunday, January 5th