Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz - 10/4/15 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (0-0) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (0-0)
NBA Basketball: Sunday October 4, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Stan Sheriff Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers meet Sunday night for a preseason game at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Utah Jazz hope to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and head into this season with a talented group of players. Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert have proven to be a solid trio for Utah to build around, while Trey Burke and Alec Burks have the ability to prove stability at the point guard position. For the preseason, the Jazz would like to find some depth behind their already established players. Utah has a few young guys to keep an eye on, including Dante Exum, Bryce Cotton and rookie Trey Lyles. If the Utah Jazz can get one or two more of their young players to grow up this season, they’ll be that new playoff squad in the West. Of course, turning the corner starts in the preseason.
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The Los Angeles Lakers hope to rebound from a brutal season that included just 21 victories. A healthy Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle should help provide more wins, as well as the additions of Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass and D'Angelo Russell. The Lakers are for the most a part a new team that will need to feel each other out over the next couple of weeks. As for the preseason, the Lakers need to see if Metta World Peace has anything left in the tank and if Larry Nance Jr. was a steal in last year’s draft. Also, rookie Michael Frazier II from Florida is a knockdown shooter who could provide a spark off the bench. The Los Angeles Lakers can answer some of their many questions this preseason and have a few under-the-radar guys who can turn heads and contribute when it counts.
While this isn't a true home game for the Lakers, they are still a team that has to be chomping at the bit for the preseason. The Lakers likely want to get off to a fas start and build some confidence rolling into the regular season. While the Jazz are young and talented in their own right, I like LA to get the win here.