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Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Picks, Predictions and Betting Tips

Utah Jazz (21-21)
Sky Sports Main Event 12th January 03:00 Vivint Smart Home Arena V
Los Angeles Lakers (23-19)
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Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Picks, Predictions and Betting Tips. With big names out for both sides, who will come out on top as the Purple and Gold pay a visit to Utah on Friday night.

Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions

Under 217 Total Points at 10/11 with bet365.
Los Angeles Lakers +8 Point Spread at 10/11 with bet365.

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Reason for Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting tips

Utah haven’t had a great start to the 2018/19 season as they sit 9th in the West, just one place behind tonight’s opponents in Los Angeles Lakers. This is the time of year Utah start to look towards the playoffs and begin their surge towards the offseason. At this stage last season, they were 18-24 but managed to finish 48-34 to reach the NBA Playoffs. This season they are slightly better with 3 more wins. They are averaging 111 points per game on home court with their defence limiting opponents to just 105 ppg.

After a disappointing first half against Orlando which saw them down by 17 points, Donovan Mitchell’s 33 points help rally Utah to a 13 point win last time out. The Jazz defence played exceptional in the second half to limit Orlando to just 30 points in the final 24 minutes. The only downside for Utah this game was that Raul Neto picked up an injury likely to rule him out of their next two games.

Coach Luke Walton slammed his Lakers side after disappointing performances following the injury to Lebron James. Since Walton’s comments, Los Angeles Lakers have picked up two straight wins and will be looking for a third against Utah in this one. Over the past 3 games without Lebron and Rondo, Lakers are averaging just 102 points per game while defensively they are giving up 101.7 points per game on average. On the season, Lakers haven’t been too bad on the road going 9-11.

After a huge road win in Dallas, Lakers returned home to pick up a solid 13 point win over the struggling Detroit Pistons. Kyle Kuzma hit 21 more points than his season average to hit a career high 41 points on the night. Kuzma had his best field goal percentage of the season knocking down over 67% of his attempts. Michael Beasley has a great shift off the bench picking up 19 points in just 19 minutes on the court for Lakers, he is being eased into the game after missing 28 games for the purple and gold this season.

With big names out for both teams it is difficult to see why Lakers are such big underdogs. Utah haven’t been at their best and are averaging under 3 points more than opponents this season. They are definitely a better outfit at home but this game will likely be a much more even contest with Rubio, Neto and Exum all missing for Utah. Lakers have covered the spread in 4 of the last 6 meetings against Utah and I fancy them to add to that in this one. My prediction is Los Angeles Lakers +8 Point Spread at 10/11.

Since Lebron suffered his injury the Lakers are averaging significantly less points with 4 of their last 5 games going under the total. Over the last 3 meetings against Utah we have seen an average of 203 total points scored and we are likely to see a similar amount in this meeting. Even with Lebron, Rubio and Exum we only saw 173 points scored in the meeting earlier this season. My prediction is Under 217 Total Points at 10/11.

Head to head

Utah have won 8 of the last 10 meetings going 2-1 in the last 3. Lakers won the only game played this season by 7 points.

Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Stats

  • Lakers are 9-11 ATS on the road this season
  • Lakers are 4-2 ATS in the last 6 against Utah
  • Utah are 7-2 in their last 9 home games
  • The total has gone under in 7 of the last 8 at home for Utah

Utah Jazz Team News

Ricky Rubio, Raul Neto and Dante Exum are all ruled out for Utah.

Los Angeles Lakers Team News

Lebron James and Rajon Rondo are both out once again for Lakers.

Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions

Under 217 Total Points at 10/11 with bet365.
Los Angeles Lakers +8 Point Spread at 10/11 with bet365.

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Our match preview predictions are fully researched and provided in good faith but no profits are guaranteed. Please gamble responsibly, you should only ever gamble with money you can afford to lose. Visit our responsible gambling guidelines for more information. 18+
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