Jazz vs. Lakers - 1/16/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (9-32) at Utah Jazz (17-22)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -7.5 -- Over/Under: 190.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TWC SN, ROOT
The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz square off Saturday night at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Los Angeles Lakers could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 96.7 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 17 points and 3.4 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.3 points and 3.8 rebounds. Louis Williams is dishing 2.8 assists and Julius Randle is grabbing 9.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Lakers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.9 turnovers per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost 10 of their last 12 road games. Brandon Bass is questionable with a foot injury.
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The Utah Jazz also need a win after losing six of their last 10 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 96.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 96.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19.4 points and 3.2 assists while Rodney Hood is averaging 13.2 points and three rebounds. Trey Burke is dishing 2.6 assists and Jeff Withey is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.1 turnovers per game. The Utah Jazz have won four of their last six home games. Trevor Booker is doubtful with a concussion.
The Lakers are 14-36-1 ATS in their last 51 vs. Western Conference and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
I don't trust the Jazz much, especially a banged up Jazz team. However, the Lakers should have trouble scoring here against a solid Jazz team and they've been horrible ATS against Western teams. I'll side with Utah here.