Date/Time: 01-11-2019, 22:00 EDT
Spread: Utah Jazz -8
In this all-Western showdown, two squads coming off victories in their latest matchups face off, when the Los Angeles Lakers, are visiting the Utah Jazz, with both teams having their last two and one games respectively and are looking to continue on the winning ways.
Lakers are 23-19 so far in the league and are sitting on the eighth place of the Western Conference. They have won their last 2 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Detroit at home, 113-100. Jazz are 21-21 so far in the league and are tied with Sacramento on the ninth place of the Western Conference. They are 3-1 in their last 4 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Orlando at home, 106-93.
Top Basketball BookmakersLA are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.3 ppg. He also leads the team both in rebounding with 8.3 and in assists made with 7.1 per game but he is unavailable due to injury. Kyle Kuzma follows with 18.8 ppg, adding 5.7 rebounds per game. Brandon Ingram adds 16.3 ppg and 4.7 rebounds. Utah are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 20.7 ppg. He also adds 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while Rudy Gobert follows with 14.7 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 12.3 per game. Ricky Rubio adds 12.8 ppg and leads the team in assists made with 6.2 per game but he is out with an injury.
This will be the second meeting between those two teams so far this season with LA winning the previous one at home by 7 points. Utah are 9-8 at home so far, while LA are 9-11 on the road. LA have a better offense with 112.2 ppg to Utah’s 107.8 ppg, while Utah have a better defense, allowing 105.5 ppg to LA’s 110.8. LA have a better accuracy from the field (47.5% to 46.4%), while Utah have a better accuracy from behind the arc (34.6% to 34.1%). Both squads are very close both in assists per game (24.7 to 24.6) and in turnovers (15 to 15.3), while LA grab more rebounds (46.7 to 44.3). LA are still without LeBron so they don’t pose a threat in Utah, so pick the Jazz in this one.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz Prediction: Utah Jazz -8 (-110)