Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz - 4/13/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (40-41) at Los Angeles Lakers (16-65)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz take and the Los Angeles Lakers duke it out in Kobe Bryant's last NBA game.
The Jazz have lost three of their last four games and will need to win tonight to have a chance of sneaking into the playoffs, but they'll need to play better than they did in Monday's 101-92 loss to the Mavericks. Gordon Hayward led the team with 26 points on 11 of 21 shooting while Shelvin Mack added 18 points, but no other player finished in double figures which really hurt the Jazz throughout the game. Rodney Hood has been one of the more consistent players for the Jazz but scored just six points on one of 11 shooting while Rudy Gobert added just two points before leaving the game with a sprained ankle and he did not even make the trip to Los Angeles which is a big loss for the Jazz who absolutely need this win.
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Meanwhile, the Lakers have lost 10 of their last 11 games and they'll still be licking their wounds after getting thrashed by the Thunder in a 112-79 rout on Monday. Kobe Bryant led the team with 13 points while playing just 19 minutes while a few other players finished in double figures, but while this game was competitive in the first half, the Lakers just had no answers in a 54-31 second half dominated by the Thunder. With the loss, LA drops to 16-65 on the season which leaves them in last place in the Western Conference and second last in the league overall.
In ATS trends, the Jazz are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team below .400 and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall, while the Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the Jazz are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Los Angeles.
There really is no reason the Lakers should have much of a chance against a desperate albeit shorthanded Jazz team, but I just get the feeling that the Lakers and the fans will get behind Kobe one last time and at least make it interesting in the fourth quarter.