Tip-off: 0200, 05/12/2019
Stadium: Vivint Smart Home Arena
TV: Sky Sports
Punters have the rare chance to back the Los Angeles Lakers as underdogs when they face the Utah Jazz tonight.
The Lakers have the joint-best record in the NBA this season and are comfortably leading the way in the Western Conference.
The Jazz are sixth and the value is clearly with a Lakers win at 23/20 on the moneyline as our opening Jazz vs Lakers prediction.
A Look at Utah Jazz’s Betting Odds
The Jazz will be glad to get back to their home court after a tough five-match road trip resulted in just one win.
The most recent was a 103-94 loss at the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night, while they were beaten by 20 points against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.
They are struggling offensively, averaging just over 102 points per game in their last four matches, and there is little reason to suggest that will improve against one of the best defences in the NBA.
The Lakers have allowed their opponents an average of 103.7 points per game this season and the Jazz struggled with the ball when these teams met in LA earlier in the campaign.
That ended in a 95-86 victory for the Lakers and another low-scoring game could be on the cards tonight so under 208.5 total points appeals at evens in the Jazz vs Lakers odds.
A Look At Los Angeles Lakers’ Betting Odds
The Lakers have looked the team to beat in the NBA so far but they came unstuck on Sunday night when their run of 10 straight victories ended with a 114-100 defeat against the Dallas Mavericks.
That proved only a blip, though, and they got back on track last night with a 105-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets, with Anthony Davis and LeBron James both scoring 25 points.
Beating one of the strongest teams in the Western Conference bodes well for the Lakers, who should be full of confidence even if fatigue may be a factor.
We don’t expect Utah to be blown away but the Lakers have the extra quality and we’ll back them to win by five points or fewer at 17/4 as the last of our Jazz vs Lakers betting tips.
Philadelphia 103-94 JAZZ
Denver 96-105 LAKERS
Head-to-head: Lakers 95-86 Jazz, Lakers 113-109 Jazz, Jazz 115-100 Lakers, Jazz 113-95 Lakers, Lakers 90-83 Jazz
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