The Los Angeles Lakers (31-44) wrap up a three-game road trip Thursday night against the Utah Jazz (45-31). Tip-off is 10 p.m. ET at Vivint Arena. Below, we look at the Lakers vs. Jazz odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Lakers have dropped three straight games and are dangerously close to falling out of 10th seed in the Western Conference, the final play-in spot to determine the final two seeds of the playoffs. They hold a half-game lead on the San Antonio Spurs.
The Jazz have lost five straight games and went 1-5 on their road trip. They return home, where they have won 11 of their last 12 games. The Jazz are sixth in the Western Conference, a half-game behind the Denver Nuggets.
Lakers at Jazz odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Lakers +7000 (bet $100 to win $700) | Jazz -1200 (bet $1,200 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Lakers +12.5 (-105) | Jazz -12.5 (-120)
Over/Under (O/U): 224.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)
Lakers at Jazz key injuries
F Anthony Davis (foot) doubtful
F LeBron James (ankle) out
C Udoka Azubuike (ankle) out
F Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) questionable
F Danuel House Jr. (knee) questionable
C Hassan Whiteside (foot) out
Lakers at Jazz odds, lines, picks and predictions
Jazz 120, Lakers 106
The Lakers have lost 14 of their last 16 road games and are 11-26 away from home. But they are 2-0 against the Jazz this season, although this is the first matchup in Salt Lake City. LA has lost seven of its last 10 games.
While the Jazz have lost five straight games, they return home where they are 26-11, including winning 11 of their last 12.
However, despite the home cooking, it isn’t worth making a bet on the Jazz because of the price and betting the Lakers to win just isn’t a good wager. PASS on the money line tonight.
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Against the spread
The Lakers are 15-22 ATS on the road this season. They have failed to cover the spread in 6 of their last 10 games overall. Against Western Conference teams, they are 14-30-1 ATS.
The Jazz, meanwhile, have failed to cover the spread in their last five contests and are 16-19-2 ATS at home.
The Jazz are not a consistent ATS bet this season, but getting back home against a bad team like the Lakers, take the JAZZ -12.5 (-120).
Six of the Lakers’ last 7 games have had totals higher than Thursday’s projected total. Six of the last 7 for the Jazz would have been Under this projection.
In the first two games between the two teams this season, the highest total was 207.
Take UNDER 224.5 (-112).
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