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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA action will conclude on Thursday night with a meaningful Western Conference clash between the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz. Coverage begins from Vivint Arena at 10:00 p.m. ET on TNT.

Score Prediction

Jazz 119, Lakers 110

Best Bets

Over 225 (-110) at Caesars

Lakers vs. Jazz Predictions

After earning the top spot in the West with a record of 52-20 SU last year, Utah initially kept that same train rolling with another dominant start to this season, as the Jazz opened with an impressive 26-9 SU and 17-17-2 ATS run – with 20 of those SU victories coming by 10+ PTS.

The Jazz have been on quite the injury rollercoaster since mid-January though, considering Utah enters Thursday riding a bumpy 19-22 SU and 15-25-1 ATS skid – while scoring just 110.9 OPPG and surrendering 109.6 DPPG during that timeframe.

On the other hand, the Lakers stumbled out to a surprisingly slow start to the season, as Los Angeles kicked things off with a lackluster 10-11 SU and 7-14 ATS stretch – which was originally chalked up to growing pains associated with the offseason acquisition of Russell Westbrook.

However, the Lakers have maintained a similarly deficient pace since that point, considering Los Angeles enters Thursday riding a head-scratching 21-33 SU and 24-30 ATS skid – while tallying just 111.6 OPPG and surrendering 114.5 DPPG across that window.

I’ll take the over here, as the Jazz are 4-6 SU and 3-6-1 ATS ATS in their last ten games, while tallying 111.9 OPPG and surrendering 112 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a competitive high-scoring battle against a Lakers squad that’s allowing 124.2 DPPG across their latest 2-7 SU skid.

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Lakers vs. Jazz Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Pacific vs. Northwest
  • Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022
  • Venue: Vivint Arena
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • TV-Time: TNT - 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 31-44
  • ATS: 31-43-1
  • O/U: 42-32-1

Regardless of the situation, finishing below .500 is an undeniable shortcoming for this Lakers squad, but to be fair, they’ve encountered several injury hurdles, so it’s tough to write them off completely, considering LeBron James has missed 20 games over the course of the season – while Anthony Davis has missed 38, who’s expected to return any day now.

The Lakers can still flip the script and salvage things in the postseason; however, they need to get healthy first, and ultimately shoot the ball better, considering L. A. ranks 22nd in offensive efficiency and 11th in scoring (1.067 OE, 111.5 OPPG) – which doesn’t bode well for a squad that also ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency (1.096 DE).

Utah Jazz Betting Analysis

  • SU: 45-31
  • ATS: 31-42-3
  • O/U: 34-40-2

The Jazz have been one of the most consistent squads in the West across the last few regular seasons, which is no fluke, as Utah continuously maintains a very well-balanced attack, highlighted by Donovan Mitchell and company leading the league in offensive efficiency by a decent margin (1.129 OE) – while also ranking 13th in defensive efficiency (1.074 DE).

However, Utah’s consistency quickly fades without the combined presence of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, considering the Jazz’ top-ranked offensive attack is averaging just 110.9 OPPG across their latest 19-22 SU stretch – with nearly half of those SU losses coming in the absence of Mitchell or Gobert (10).

The Jazz are 0-5 ATS in their last five games. (AP)

Lakers vs. Jazz Head-to-Head

Utah won two of three regular-season matchups against the Lakers last year, with both Jazz’ victories staying under the total at an average of – PPG, while L.A.’s lone win soared over with a score of 127-115 (O 217). However, Los Angles is 2-0 SU against Utah this season, with both matchups staying well under the total at an average of 201.5 PPG.

Key Players to Watch

  • LAL: LeBron James - SF (30.1 PPG, 8.2 REB, 6.3 AST)
  • LAL: Russell Westbrook - PG (18.2 PPG, 7.5 REB, 7.1 AST)
  • UTA: Donovan Mitchell - SG (26 PPG, 4.2 REB, 5.4 AST)
  • UTA: Rudy Gobert - C (15.2 PPG, 14.6 REB, 2.2 BLK)

Lakers vs. Jazz Betting Conclusion

After extending their losing streak to five games with a frustrating road loss to the Clippers on Tuesday night (L, 121-115), the Jazz return home for Thursday’s contest as generous favorites over the Lakers at Vivint Arena – marking the ninth time L. A. has been an underdog across their last ten games.

I’ll take the over here, as the Lakers are 2-7 SU and 3-6 ATS in their last nine games, while tallying 115 OPPG and surrendering 124.2 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for another unfavorable road matchup against a Jazz squad that’s allowed 114+ PTS in six of their last ten contests (111.8 DPPG).

Lakers vs. Jazz Betting Trends

  • The Lakers are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games.
  • The Jazz are 2-8 ATS in their last ten matchups against the Lakers.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the last six Lakers' games.
  • The Jazz are 0-5 ATS in their last five games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of the last 15 Jazz' games.
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