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NBA odds preview - Lakers vs. Jazz

Los Angeles LakersUtah Jazz
Jan 11, 9:00 PM | EnergySolutions Arena

Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz Odds


The Utah Jazz host Los Angeles on Wednesday, looking to build on their 6-3 mark against the 7-4 Lakers in NBA action at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Jazz currently sports a record of 6-3, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-4 ATS. The Lakers are 7-4 and 6-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Jazz post a 4-5 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Lakers have gone 3-8 against the number.

View LA Lakers vs Utah Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back the visiting Lakers before tip-off in this one will find them as 2-point favorites, while the total sits at 186.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Jazz at No. 23 and the Lakers at No. 6 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 98-91 result in favor of the Lakers.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Utah's No. 20-ranked offense, averaging 92.9 PPG, against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 3 at 90 PPG. The Jazz field goal percentage has averaged 44.8% so far, less than the Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 46.4% per game.

Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 25-rated defense on the road, allowing 102 points per game. Utah, meanwhile, comes in at No. 15 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 99-83 winner as they battled the Suns at home. The Lakers covered in the match as an 8-point favorite, while 182 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Kobe Bryant poured in 48 points for Los Angeles on Tuesday, as they defeated Phoenix 99-83 at STAPLES Center.

The Jazz were a 113-105 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Cavaliers. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (218) made winners of OVER bettors. Cleveland was victimized by Al Jefferson for 30 points as the Jazz defeated the Cavaliers 113-105 in NBA action on Tuesday.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 5-5
After playing Phoenix are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing New Jersey are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few Lakers at Jazz trends to consider:
LA Lakers are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games when playing Utah
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing Utah
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Utah
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Utah's last 8 games when playing at home against LA Lakers

Next up:
LA Lakers home to Cleveland, Friday, January 13
Utah home to New Jersey, Saturday, January 14