Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers

Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers | 2021 NBA Expert Analysis

Written by on April 19, 2021

The Utah Jazz have the best record in the Western Conference, but it’s the Los Angeles Lakers who remain the NBA betting favorites to win the West. The two meet in L.A. on Monday in a potential conference finals preview with the Jazz favored on the NBA odds.

How to Bet Jazz at Lakers NBA Odds & TV Info

  • When: Monday, 10 PM ET
  • Where: Staples Center
  • TV: ESPN
  • Stream: ESPN app
  • Radio:com
  • NBA Odds: Jazz -7.5 (total 214.5)

Series History

This is the third and final regular season matchup between the Lakers and Jazz this season. They have met 188 times in the regular season (111-77) and 170 times since the Jazz moved to Utah (98-72). The Lakers are 27-12 all-time against the Jazz at Staples Center during the regular season. On April 13, 2016, Kobe Bryant scored a series-record 60 points in the final game of his career, connecting on 22-of-50 field goal attempts.

Why Bet on Utah? | 2021 NBA Expert Analysis 

The Jazz played at the Lakers on Saturday as well and lost 127-115 in OT playing without three starters and All-Stars in Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert. Mitchell will be out at least a week with a sprained right ankle he sustained in a win over Indiana last Friday night. An MRI showed there was no structural damage.

Mitchell has been on an offensive tear in the past month, averaging 30.0 points per game in April with scoring outbursts not done in a Jazz uniform since Karl Malone. Mitchell had a four-game run of scoring at least 35, with 40 in three of the four games. The 24-year-old is averaging career highs almost across the board in his fourth season with 26.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists for the first-place Jazz.

Joe Ingles played well in Saturday’s loss with 20 points, 14 assists, three rebounds and three steals. The 33-year-old made his 15th start of the season with Mitchell and Conley out and made six three-pointers in a season-high 39 minutes. Ingles hadn’t recorded a steal in three games before Saturday’s three-steal performance.

Ingles currently ranks second among qualified players in the NBA in three-point percentage (48.6). Ingles currently has a true shooting percentage of 71.2 (51.7 FG%, 48.6 3FG% and 86.8 FT%), which is the best in the NBA.

Bojan Bogdanovic had 19 points in 39 minutes. The 31-year-old has been on fire lately, averaging 24.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 three-pointers while shooting 47.5 percent from the field in the last four games.

The Jazz have scored 100-or-more points in 47-straight games, which marks the longest streak in franchise history for the most games in a row with 100-or-more points. It’s thought that Conley and Gobert will return here.

Why Bet on LA Lakers? | 2021 NBA Expert Analysis

Los Angeles improved to 4-1 in overtime games this season as they shot 51.6 percent from the field in Saturday’s 127-115 OT win over the Jazz. The Lakers improved to 15-3 this season when making at least half of its shot attempts L.A.’s starters scored a season-high 100 points, the most by the Lakers’ starters since Jan. 3, 2020 vs. New Orleans (101).

Dennis Schroder hit the tying basket to force overtime and finished with 25 points for the Lakers in Saturday’s win. He’s scored 19 points or more in four of the Lakers’ last five games, taking on more responsibility as a scorer while also continuing to facilitate for his teammates.

Markieff Morris had 10 points and 12 rebounds in the win. The 31-year-old played a season-high 36 minutes in his return to the starting lineup after missing the previous two games with a sprained ankle. Morris recorded just his second double-double of the season. The 10-year forward had put together a solid four-game stretch before going down with an injury, averaging 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 three-pointers and 1.3 steals while shooting 55.8 percent from the field in that span.

Andre Drummond had his best game as a Laker with 27 points and eight rebounds. The 27-year-old played 30 minutes in his return to the starting lineup after missing a game due to a bruised toe. Drummond had a rough two-game stretch before missing Thursday’s game, averaging 3.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks in that span.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope recorded 25 points in the win. Caldwell-Pope had a rough two-game stretch before Saturday’s game, averaging just 5.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.5 three-pointers in that span.

While LeBron James remains out, it’s possible that Anthony Davis could return here – although it’s more likely it will be later this week. Coach Vogel said he would initially restrict Davis’ playing time to the 15-minute range. Davis averaged 22.3 points on 53.3% shooting, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.3 steals in 32.8 minutes this season before getting hurt.

Game Trends

  • Jazz are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
  • Jazz are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.
  • Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
  • Lakers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
  • Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Monday games.

Expert Prediction

  • Jazz 112, Lakers 107

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