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The End of an Era: Kobe's Final Game

Gordon Hayward Kobe Bryant

After two decades of lighting up scoreboards across the NBA, the Kobe Bryant show will officially end tonight when the Los Angeles Lakers play host to the Utah Jazz in the final day of the 2015-16 NBA campaign. Kobe announced his retirement plans back in November which resulted in a league-wide farewell tour, and you'd have to imagine there won’t be many dry eyes in the arena after this one is over.

Shark Bites
  • The Jazz are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games.
  • The Jazz are 6-20 SU in their last 26 games on the road against the Lakers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Lakers' last 17 games after a loss.

The 37-year-old Bryant ends his illustrious career as the third-leading scorer in NBA history. Nobody has ever spent 20 seasons with one team until Bryant did. Oddsmakers are expecting the lowly Lakers to keep it close in Kobe’s final game, opening L.A. as 6-point underdogs.

With two 30-point performances this month, Kobe has shown he’s still capable of filling the scoresheet, and you better believe the shooting guard will be firing on all cylinders in this one. If you’re looking for Kobe props, we’ve broken them down for you here.

When tabbed as faves, the Jazz are producing at a rapid clip. Utah is 9-2 SU and ATS in the last 11 when listed as chalk.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Utah Jazz listed as -8-point favorites earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 189.5 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 106-90 result in favor of the Jazz. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Lakers sit at 16-65 (36-45 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Utah Jazz are currently 40-41 (41-39-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Los Angeles is 36-44-1 OU and Utah is 32-47-2 OU. This season the Los Angeles Lakers are 16-65 overall and 36-45 ATS against the number, while the Utah Jazz are 40-41 and 41-39-1 ATS. As for the totals, Los Angeles is 36-44-1 on the OU, and Utah is 32-47-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Utah injuries news.

The Odds Shark betting Power Rankings have the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 29 and the Utah Jazz at No. 2 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Utah Jazz rank No. 17 in the league with 43.31 per game. That compares with Los Angeles's No. 20 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Los Angeles is the NBA's No. 22-ranked team at 7.81 per game, while the Utah Jazz rate No. 16 with 8.46 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Jazz wasted a 26-point performance from Gordon Hayward as Dallas ran past them 101-92 on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Lakers were blown out by Oklahoma City on Monday, losing by a 112-79 final at Chesapeake Energy Arena in basketball betting action.

Betting Trends
  • Utah is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Utah's last 16 games
  • Utah is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • LA Lakers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • LA Lakers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 7 games
  • LA Lakers is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

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