Jazz vs. Lakers Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Jeremy Perry | Updated Oct 24, 2019

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Utah is still one of the best defensive teams in the NBA on paper and they know that LeBron James and Anthony Davis can only do so much.

October 25, 2019, 10:30 PM ET
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L.A. Lakers

After all of the offseason hype, the Los Angeles Lakers struggled out of the gate in a 112-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in their season opener. The good news for the Lakers is that things can’t get much worse for them moving forward. The bad news is that their next contest will be against another tough opponent.

Can the Lakers rebound and get things back on track on Friday? An 0-2 start would make a lot of Lakers fans very nervous about the direction of the team.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Utah split its four-game season series with the Lakers a year ago. The Jazz are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following a straight up win. Utah is also 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games versus Pacific division opponents.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games. However, Los Angeles is just 2-6 ATS in its last eight Friday games. The Lakers are also 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss and 28-35 ATS as a favorite over the last three seasons.

Utah Jazz

Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 32 points in Wednesday’s win over Oklahoma City, including six points in the final minute of the victory. Mitchell also pitched in 12 rebounds from the Jazz. Bojdan Bogdanovic scored 16 points in his debut with the Jazz, providing the team with the secondary scoring they’ve been looking for. The fact that Utah won the game despite a 1-for-16 shooting performance from point guard Mike Conley is very promising. The Jazz added Conley in the offseason in order to provide a veteran presence that can contribute at both ends of the floor. There is no way he will play worse on Friday night than he did in the opener – especially against the Lakers, who again looked shaky defensively.

Utah is still one of the best defensive teams in the NBA on paper and they know that LeBron James and Anthony Davis can only do so much. Just limit the supporting cast and the Jazz should be in good shape.

Los Angeles Lakers

It took one game for all of the Lakers major weaknesses to be exposed. First of all, Los Angeles lost by 10 points despite getting 28 points from Danny Green. Second, their lack of depth was completely exposed when the Clippers bench outscored their bench 60-19. Third, LeBron and Anthony Davis were held to a combined 43 points, which isn’t nearly enough point production from a star tandem that the Lakers will need to lean heavily on this season. Nobody is hitting the panic button in Los Angeles just yet but this is not the start they were hoping for – especially against a Clippers team that was missing Paul George. Could this is a good spot for them to bounce back, though, as the Jazz were just 21-20 on the road last season?

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