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Utah Jazz vs. L.A. Lakers - 3/27/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
L.A. Lakers at Utah Jazz
Date & Time Wednesday March 27, 2019, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Vivint Smart Home Arena
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Line
The Line: Utah Jazz -12.5 -- Over/Under::
TV Channel
ESPN, SPEC
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Los Angeles Lakers look for a victory after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 111.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 113.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.5 points and 8.1 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.7 points and 5.6 rebounds. JaVale McGee is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost their last four road games.

The Utah Jazz look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 110.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 23.4 points and 4.1 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 15.6 points and 12.9 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won eight of their last 10 home games.

The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Jazz are 22-8-2 ATS in their last 32 games playing on 1 days rest, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. Western Conference and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Jazz last 5 home games. The under is 5-1 in Lakers last 6 overall.

The Los Angeles Lakers all of a sudden want to play like an NBA basketball team, putting together two straight wins, but I'm not sure how much stock you put into beating the Kings and Wizards at home, two teams that also have nothing to play for at this point. We'll see the effort the Lakers bring on the end of a back to back. The Utah Jazz are shooting 51.9 percent from the field and winning by an average of 20.6 points in their last five games. The Jazz win by an average of 16.9 points when a double-digit favorite and are 16-6 ATS when favored by eight or more points. The Lakers are just 4-4 ATS when an underdog of eight or more points. I don't love laying double-digit chalk in the NBA, especially this time of year, but there's a lot of numbers that suggest a Jazz blowout.

Pick:
Utah Jazz -12.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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