LA Lakers at Utah Jazz NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

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Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers will be on the road in consecutive nights as they play a well-rested Utah Jazz team on Saturday night in NBA pro basketball action. The Lakers and Jazz will begin from Utah at 9PM Eastern Time and you can watch this NBA game live over the NBA League Pass.

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The current betting odds at Oddsmaker have the Utah Jazz lined as -2 point favorite with an over under coming in at 186 points. A money line wager on the favored Jazz will return -135 odds. A bet on the underdog Lakers who will be playing the back end of a road back to back will bring back +115 odds.

After a slow start on the road for this Lakers team they have won consecutive road games with wins at Minnesota and last night picked up a 93-89 win at a very good Denver Nuggets team. The Lakers are 4-4 straight up this season on the back end of a back to back. LA greatly relies on good games from their big three in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. They don’t get much from anyone else on this roster. Last night Kobe logged in 37 minutes, Gasol 36 minutes and Bynum 34 minutes in the mile high altitude of Denver. Worth noting that Gasol and Bynum contributed with 27 rebounds combined. The big three scored 54 of the Lakers 93 points last night. For the Lakers to cover this short line they need all three to deliver as there is little margin for error here because the depth behind them is extremely thin.

Utah has dropped four of their past six games. Their defense has been lacking greatly as they have given up 104 points and 48.5% shooting to their opponents over their past five games. In a league where we see teams struggling to get in the 40’s in shooting percentages Utah has allowed 44.6% or greater in shooting percentage to their last 8 opponents. Center Al Jefferson leads the team in scoring this season with over 18 points a game and 47.8% shooting. Forward Paul Millsap has brought some offense this year as he averages nearly 17 points and a very good 52.3% shooting. C.J. Miles is a weapon off the bench for Utah and he delivers 10 points per game.

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