Jazz at Lakers - 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 +8 -- Over/Under: 189.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN2, ROOT, TWC SN
The Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers finish the regular season Wednesday night at the Staples Center.
The Utah Jazz need a victory in order to have any chance of clinching a playoff spot. The Utah Jazz are averaging 97.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 95.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19.7 points and 4.7 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds. Rodney Hood is dishing 2.6 assists and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 11.2 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won four of their last five road games.
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The Los Angeles Lakers hope to send Kobe Bryant into retirement with a victory in his last game. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 97.3 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 16.7 points and 2.8 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. Louis Williams is grabbing 2.5 rebounds and D'Angelo Russell is dishing 3.3 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Lakers are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost eight of their last 10 home games.
The Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Lakers are 17-37 ATS in their last 54 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jazz are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
While the Jazz are still fighting for a playoff spot they're not going to get, this is the one game the Lakers are going to play their tails off. Nobody wants to see Kobe lose his last game of his career. While I'm not sure LA pulls it off, there's value with the points here given the situation.