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Utah JazzLos Angeles Lakers
March 18, 9:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

22-22TEAM RECORD28-16

Utah travels to Los Angeles on Sunday, hoping to boost its 22-22 mark with a victory over the Lakers.

The Jazz will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 21-22-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Lakers are 20-24 ATS. Utah is 22-21-1 against the total, while Los Angeles is 22-22 versus the number.

View Utah vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Lakers are listed as 10-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, with the total listed at 194.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Lakers at No. 3 and the Jazz at No. 18 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 98-95 result in favor of the Lakers.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 95.2 PPG, against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 22 at 98.3 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 45.3% so far, less than the Jazz shooters have achieved on the year, 45.4% per game.

Defensively, the Jazz feature the league's No. 27-rated defense on the road, allowing 102.7 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 in the league in scoring at home.

The Jazz were a 99-92 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Warriors. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (191) made winners of UNDER bettors. Derrick Favors scored 23 points and chipped in with 17 rebounds for Utah on Saturday, leading the Jazz to a 99-92 victory over Golden State at EnergySolutions Arena.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 97-92 result against the Timberwolves on March 16. The Lakers failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point favorite, while the 189 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Timberwolves were burned for 28 points by Kobe Bryant on Friday as the Lakers picked up a 97-92 win at STAPLES Center.

Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Oklahoma City are 4-6
After playing Golden State are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing Houston are 3-7
After playing Minnesota are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Jazz at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Utah's last 22 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing Utah
LA Lakers are 18-1 SU in their last 19 games when playing at home against Utah

Next up:
Utah home to Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 20
LA Lakers at Houston, Tuesday, March 20