Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 4/14/14
Los Angeles Lakers (25-54) at Utah Jazz (24-56)
NBA Basketball: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -5 -- Over/Under: 214 See the Latest Odds
TV: TWC SN, ROOT
The Los Angeles Lakers will play their last home game of the season when they host the Utah Jazz on Monday. These teams played three times earlier in the season, and the Jazz lead 2-1.
The Lakers have now lost seven straight games and have allowed nine of their last 10 opponents to top 100 points. On the season, the Lakers average 102.8 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allow 109.5 points on 46.8 percent shooting. The Lakers are allowing opponents to shoot 52 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from three in their last five games. Offensively, Jordan Hill has scored in the double figures in six straight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are 38-40-1 ATS overall and 20-19 ATS on the road.
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The Jazz have lost four in a row and nine of their last 10 games. On the season, the Jazz average 94.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allow 101.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting. The Jazz have lost 10 straight games when allowing their opponent to score more than 100 points, and they’re allowing teams to shoot 43.7 percent from three in their last five games. Offensively, Trey Burke is averaging 9.4 assists in his last five contests. The Utah Jazz are 32-42-6 ATS overall and 15-21-4 ATS at home.
The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Jazz are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Utah.
With the way both teams struggle to play defense, the over may be worth a play here. However, neither team really wants to win this game with the NBA lottery in mind. With that said, I'll go ahead and take the Lakers and the points. Although the best possible play may be to avoid this game altogether.