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Utah Jazz vs. L.A. Lakers - 1/11/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
L.A. Lakers at Utah Jazz
Date & Time Friday January 11, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Vivint Smart Home Arena
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Line
The Line: Utah Jazz -8.5 -- Over/Under: 217
TV Channel
ESPN, SPEC
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NBA | L.A. Lakers at Utah Jazz
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz meet Friday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Los Angeles Lakers could use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.2 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.3 points and 7.1 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.7 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost five of their last eight road games.

The Utah Jazz look for another victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 107.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 46 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 20.7 points and 3.5 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 14.7 points and 12.3 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won seven of their last nine home games.

The Lakers are 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Friday games. The Jazz are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games, 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The under is 13-6-2 in the last 21 meetings in Utah. The under is 10-3-1 in Jazz last 14 overall. The under is 25-10 in Lakers last 35 overall.

The under has been a very popular trend not only when these teams meet, but in their games overall this season. You combine the Lakers and Jazz games together and you have 47 unders this season, which is nearly 56 percent of their combined games. The Lakers are allowing just 41.4 percent shooting in their last five games and giving up 106.2 points, which is a massive improvement over their season numbers. The Jazz have held five of their last 10 opponents under 100 points. When the Lakers and Jazz met back in November, they combined for 173 points. Give me the under.

Pick:
Under 217

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