Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 10/28/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (1-0) at Utah Jazz (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Vivint Smart Home Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz meet in a Western Conference NBA game Friday night at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for another surprising victory after beating the Houston Rockets Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 120 points on 50.6 percent shooting and allowing 114 points on 51.2 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 25 points and three rebounds while D'Angelo Russell is averaging 20 points and three assists. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and Louis Williams is dishing two assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 24.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers look for their first 2-0 start since the 2010-11 NBA season. Jose Calderon is questionable with a calf injury.
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The Utah Jazz look for a bounce back performance after losing their season opener to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. The Utah Jazz are averaging 104 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 52 percent shooting. Joe Johnson is averaging 29 points and three assists while Rodney Hood is averaging 26 points and two rebounds. George Hill is the third double-digit scorer and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 14 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 100 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 68.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz look to avoid a 0-2 start for the third time in four years. Derrick Favors is questionable with a knee injury.
The Lakers are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 road games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest. The Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Utah.
I'm not jumping on the Lakers bandwagon after just one solid win over the Rockets, but this is a lot of points to lay with a Utah Jazz team that's still banged up. Favors is questionable with a knee injury while Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks are still obviously out. The Lakers can put the ball in the hoop and are a young, confident club overall right now. I'll take the points here, as I can't lay the chalk with a banged up Jazz squad.