Lakers vs. Jazz NBA Prediction
The marquee matchup in the NBA on Wednesday night pits the Lakers against the Jazz at 10:00 p.m. ET as part of ESPN’s NBA double header. The Jazz are red hot but are also laying a whopping 8.5 points to the Lakers. Will Utah cover?
517 Los Angeles Lakers (+8.5) at 518 Utah Jazz (-8.5); o/u 220
10:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Los Angeles Lakers DFS Spin
LeBron James scored 31 points with nine rebounds, 13 assists, a steal and eight turnovers in the Lakers' 127-124 overtime loss to the Wizards on Monday. With the Lakers down two and less than 10 seconds left, LeBron made a basket and got fouled but missed a free throw that could've ended the game in regulation. The Wizards would win the game in overtime, capping off a second-half double-digit come-from-behind victory to secure their fifth straight win. Bron's eight turnovers were a season-high and he shot just 2-of-10 from distance in 43 minutes and has played 218 more minutes than anyone else on the Lakers' roster (Dennis Schroder) and 291 more than the player with the third-most (Kyle Kuzma)
Utah Jazz DFS Spin
Mike Conley (right hamstring tightness) returned to action with 16 points during Friday's loss in L.A., making 5-of-11 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws with one steal and one block in 25 minutes. Conley missed six games with his hamstring injury, which was never described as anything worse than "tightness." The Jazz had won 20 of their previous 21 games, a span going back to Jan. 6, but they lost a close one tonight 116-112. Conley is having a great year and is likely on the fringe of his first All-Star team, but his minutes were limited tonight and it may take him a few games to reclaim his pre-injury flow. It's only a matter of time before he's back to playing 30 minutes and producing top-75 fantasy value on a nightly basis.
Lakers vs. Jazz Betting Prediction
The Lakers are a perfect 5-0 against the spread in their last five meetings with the Jazz and are 4-1 against the number in their last five trips to Utah. The Lakers are also 6-1 against the number in their last seven games as a road underdog and are 16-5 at the betting window in their last 21 games as an underdog of any kind.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES LAKERS +8.5