Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Preview, Predictions, and Free Pick 11 – 23 – 2018




Utah Jazz (8-10) vs Los Angeles Lakers (10-7)

Date : 11/23/2018
Time : 10:30 pm EST
Location : Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers

The Utah Jazz will travel to Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, to battle the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Jazz are coming into this game reeling in losing their last two contests along with four of their last five, overall, as they were losers against the Sacramento Kings at home by a 119 – 110 score in their last time out as they allowed a struggling Sacramento Kings team to shoot 53% from the floor for the night while allowing seven double-digit scores for the game.

On the other hand, the Los Angeles Lakers won their second game in a row by beating up on the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road by a 109 – 105 score in their last outing as LeBron James struggled from 3-point range in his return to Quicken Loans Arena, however, scored 32 points for the night on shooting 11-20 in the win. The Jazz are winners against the spread in five of the last seven meetings at Staples Center versus the Los Angeles Lakers.

 

Utah Jazz's Latest Performance :

Just as the Lakers have continued their stellar played by winning ball games, the Utah Jazz Have have played in spurts all season and have not proven that they can maintain the type of consistency needed in which to string together wins for long periods of time. Their most recent defeat to the Sacramento Kings was their second straight as the Jazz shot 38% from the field along with 30% from 3 point range for the night. However, they allowed too many blown assignments on defense which caused the Kings to shoot over 50% from the night while nailing 11  long balls.

As stated, Sacramento had seven players to score in double figures led by Nemanja Bjelica With 18 points And 7 rebounds while De’aaron Fox had 17 points Along with a team-high 13 assists. Willie Cauley-Stein led the team in scoring with 23 points along with seven rebounds in the victory. Donovan Mitchell lrf the Jazz with 35 points on 13-23 shooting on the night yet with only three assists while Rudy Gobert ended with 13 points along with pulling down 15 boards.

Mitchell has led the team in scoring all year long  while Gobert leads the team in rebounding with 13 per game. The problem with Utah has been the inability of their offense to play with consistency. Averaging only 109 points per game, the Jazz have been played with a severe lack of cohesion on the offensive side of the court. With that being said, they will certainly attempt to reverse the trends versus a Los Angeles Lakers squad that is allowing teams to score 115 points per game, as stated.

 

Los Angeles Lakers's Latest Performance :

Again, the Lakers have played well in their last 10 games as they have  picked up solid wins both at home and on the road. They now nestle into Staples Center to where four of their next five games will be held beginning with a match up with a struggling Utah Jazz team that has struggled on both sides of the ball, particularly on offense. Nonetheless, the Lakers come into this matchup ranked 4th in the league in scoring with 116 points per outing, however, their defense has left much to be desired as they are allowing opponents to score an average of 115 points per outing. With that being said, The Lakers have indeed picked up some close wins early on in the season as five of their last 10 games where decided by five points or less. Interesting enough, the Lakers are 4 in 1 SU  in their last five games at home yet three of those four wins came by four points or less.

The Lakers did not have a problem making shots in their last game as they shot well over 50% for the night; However, the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to stay in the game do to vulnerabilities from within the Lakers defense along with the fact that Cleveland committed 17 turnovers on the night. They will certainly want to play a much better all-around game in this matchup in which to atone for their lack of taking care of the basketball in their last outing.

 

How Utah Jazz & Los Angeles Lakers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Utah is 8 – 10 ATS while the OU is 12 – 6

Los Angeles is 6-11 ATS while the OU is  7 – 9

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This will certainly be an interesting game for both teams in that the Lakers will certainly like to build even more momentum from their stellar play recently while the Jazz would like to end a terrible stretch of play on the road, where they are 1 – 4 SU  in the last 5 road outings, overall.  One can certainly could include that getting a win versus a red-hot Lakers squad will certainly be a huge test for a Utah Jazz team that has struggled much on the road as well as at home recently.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:   Los Angeles Lakers

My reason for the pick :

 

 

I will back the Lakers in this matchup as  while the Jazz have really stunk it up on the road lately, the Lakers have done well for themselves at Staples Center in winning four of the last five games, overall. With that being the case, look for the Lakers to play their pace of game versus the Utah Jazz and while they may have difficulties in scoring versus a stout Jazz defense, look for LeBron James and company to make the critical shots down the stretch in which to pull out a victory.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Under

My reason for the prediction :

I will back the under in this instance as it has been to play in four of the last six road games for the Utah Jazz while being the play in eight of the last 10 games, overall, for the Los Angeles Lakers. In other words, look for the Lakers to really have problems going versus a stout Jazz defensive unit; However, also look for the Jazz along with their struggling offense to take some time to get going as well in this match up. With that being said, look for the total to remain well below its set limit on Friday night in  this matchup.

Betting trends for Utah Jazz:

  • Jazz are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
    Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 4-0 in Jazz last 4 Friday games.

Betting trends for Los Angeles Lakers:

  • L.A. Lakers Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games.
    Under is 6-1 in Lakers last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Under is 5-1 in Lakers last 6 games following a ATS loss.

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.