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Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/27/13

Los Angeles Lakers (13-16) at Utah Jazz (8-23)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)

The Line: Utah Jazz -3 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds


The Utah Jazz collide with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night from EnergySolutions Arena.

Head to head, the Lakers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings while the favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Jazz are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days, but just 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Lakers on the other hand are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a S.U. loss, buy just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.

One thing I noticed when looking at the Los Angeles Lakers road games this season, they seem to get pounded by the better teams and take care of the lesser squads, and the numbers back that up as their against the spread stats suggest. The Lakers will be without their second-leading scorer in Pau Gasol as he did not travel with the team due to illness. Gasol with join Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Steve Blake on the sidelines.

The Utah Jazz just completed a four-game road trip in which they managed to split their games, winning in Orlando and Charlotte while falling in Atlanta and most recently Memphis on Monday. The Jazz have looked like a much better basketball team with Trey Burke in the line-up as the rookie comes into tonight's game with averages of 13.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.

As far as picking a side goes, I think this one is split right down the middle. While I think the Jazz win, I'm not comfortable laying points with them coming off a long road trip and as far as the Lakers are concerned, I think Gasol being out will obviously effect them. Instead, I think the only play here is the under.

Gasol isn't going to come in and score 30 points, but he is LA's second-leading scorer and they do run their offense through him. Not to mention Jordan Farmer is the only healthy point guard on the roster and he was playing overseas the last couple of seasons. The Lakers have also averaged just 89 points over their last three games. Meanwhile, Utah is putting up just 88.5 over their last six outings and I expect them to be sloppy after the long Christmas lay-off...

Dan’s Pick: Under 197

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Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/27/13

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