Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA on TNT game. The Utah Jazz is looking to end a 5-game losing streak as they host the struggling Los Angeles Lakers who have dropped 3 in a row themselves. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
- Start date: 31.03.2022 at 10 PM
- Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
The Jazz is actually looking to win their 1st game of the season against the Lakers having already lost 2 meetings played at Crypto.com Arena. They are coming off a disappointing 121-115 loss against the Clippers, in a game in which they blew a 25-point lead. Their luck should change tonight though as they are facing a team that’s just 2-14 SU in their last 16 games on the road.
Reinforcements could also be on the way as Bojan Bogdanovic has been upgraded to questionable here as he recovers from a wrist injury that has kept him out for the past several weeks. Without him the Jazz just hasn’t looked the same, they’ve failed to cover the spread in each of their last 5 games. At home, though they are still really good with 11 wins in their last 12 games and against the Lakers they’ve won 9 of 11 head-to-head at the Vivint Arena.
Los Angeles Lakers
The biggest news regarding the Lakers ahead of tonight’s game is the fact that LeBron James left the road trip early to go back home and treat his injured ankle which he injured against New Orleans a couple of games ago and which kept him out of the Dallas game the other night. This team is in a very poor state with just 7 games remaining on their schedule.
They did receive some good news last night as the Spurs lost, so they are still holding on to the 10th seed in the standings. Both Anthony Davis and LeBron James could come back this weekend though, for LA to make a final push towards the end of the regular season. I’m not getting my hopes up for tonight’s game, LA has covered the spread just 5 times in 17 games and has failed to do so in 6 straight vs Western Conference opponents.
It’s time for the Jazz to finally snap out of their funk and win one at home. They’ve been dominant there for a while and even though the spread is big, I expect them to be at the top of their game against a struggling Lakers side here. Go with the Jazz to win big.
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions & Odds
It all comes down to the Lakers’ defence when betting on the point total here, or the lack of one. LA has allowed 128, 116, 126, 120, 127 and 123 points in their last 5 games and things aren’t looking all that well ahead of tonight’s game either. The total has cashed on the over in 5 of their last 6 games and with it being set at a relatively modest 225.5 points here, I think we could be in for another high scoring outcome.
LA has gone 22-15 on the O/U in road games this season. With Russell Westbrook at point guard being a defensive liability, teams are just going at him possession after possession and the Lakers can’t do anything about it. Utah ranks only 22nd in the pace of play this season and tends to go under the total more often than not, but they’ve shown they are capable of filling it up when it’s needed.
Just 2 days ago they scored 115 on the Clippers, they are the number 1 team in the NBA when it comes to offensive efficiency averaging 113.9 points per 100 possessions. Combine that with the Lakers being one of the worst defensive teams on the road this season and the fact that they play the 5th fastest tempo in the NBA, I think we are in for a lot of points in this one. Back the over.