Lakers vs. Jazz Prediction
Will the Jazz cover the spread as a double-digit favorite tonight when they host the Lakers at 10:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Jazz are a 13-point home favorite versus the Lakers after opening as a 12.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number currently sits at 201.5 after hitting the board at 204.5.
The Lakers are coming off back-to-back losses at the Mavericks and Blazers, although they did cover as an 8-point road underdog at Portland. Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points in 35 minutes versus the Blazers, while Lou Williams racked up 31 points with six 3-pointers, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
The Jazz are also coming off back-to-back losses, dropping a 97-95 decision to the Thunder and a 103-93 deficit at the Nuggets. Utah has now failed to cover in five of its last six games. In their loss to Denver, George Hill scored 17 points, three rebounds, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer, while Boris Diaw came off the bench to score a season-high 16 points. He also grabbed a rebound and had three assists.
OUR PREDICTION: The Lakers are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games overall, are 5-17 against the number in their last 22 conference games and are just 1-6 at the betting window in their last seven road games. They're also 7-15 against the spread in their last 22 games coming off a loss and are 7-19-1 against the number in their last 27 games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
THURSDAY NBA PREDICTION: UTAH JAZZ -13