Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz - 10/7/15 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (1-0) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday October 7, 2015 at 12:00 am (Stan Sheriff Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +4 -- Over/Under: 182 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers play again in a preseason game Wednesday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Utah Jazz beat the Lakers in the first preseason game Sunday, 90-71. Derrick Favors led Utah with 16 points and nine rebounds while Gordon Hayward had 11 points and four assists. Rudy Gobert grabbed eight rebounds and Trevor Booker chipped in nine points off the bench. The Jazz were elite defensively in their performance, holding the Lakers to just 28.9 percent shooting from the field. The Jazz had four of their five starters score in the double digits, and four bench players scored more than five points. I’d like to see Alec Burks be a little more aggressive on the offensive end, as he didn’t make a shot in 22 minutes. Still, the Jazz were very impressive in their preseason opener on both sides of the ball.
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The Los Angeles Lakers clearly need to have a bounce back performance after stinking up the joint the first time. Julius Randle had seven points and seven rebounds while Jordan Clarkson had nine points and five rebounds. Nick Young chipped in 10 points off the bench and Kobe Bryant made one shot in 12 minutes. While it’s only a preseason game, the Lakers shooting under 30 percent from the field has to be troublesome if you’re a fan of Los Angeles. Besides Radle being aggressive and Roy Hibbert grabbing 10 rebounds, the Lakers have a lot of work to get done before the regular season begins. I’d also like to see rookies Larry Nance Jr. and Michael Frazier II get some playing time, as they can provide a scoring punch off the bench.
These teams just played one another and you can't expect the Lakers to play any worse than they already did. I expect the Jazz to dig a little deeper into their bench and the Lakers to play 10 times better after stinking up the joint.
I'll take LA and the points here.