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Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting NBA Odds, Predictions & Picks (Saturday, April 17, 2021)

Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting NBA Odds

At the onset of the season, the Lakers were prohibitive NBA betting favorites to repeat as champions.  A poll of NBA general managers universally ranked the Lakers as the Association’s best team.  Those preseason expectations were understandable.  Further, that was before LeBron James and Anthony Davis were lost to injuries.  Los Angeles has fallen from first to fifth in the Western Conference without their marquee men.  Instead, it’s the Utah Jazz as best in the West.  Utah was a major disappointment at the 2020 NBA Orlando Bubble.  However, coach Quin Snider has engineered a remarkable turnaround.

Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Information

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV Coverage: ESPN

Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Odds

Jazz +1 (-110) 215 (-110) -105
Lakers -1 (-110) 215 (-110) -115
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Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers CashBet Wagering Analysis

Cause of the injuries to Davis and James, will Utah draw the majority of sportsbook odds action.  Los Angeles at home is usually one of the NBA’s most popular bets.  However, the masses are running away from the Lakers.  Fashion how Utah has gone from ignored to coveted.  Sharps loved the Jazz early on for their quality and anonymity.  But the secret is out on Utah.  Indeed, the Jazz is catching more attention from casual gamblers.

Sweet Music for Utah Jazz

Utah has a betting on NBA record of 40-13 straight up, 33-20 against the spread, and 25-27 under the total.  First place in the Western Conference belongs to the Jazz.  Utah ranks 3rd in the NBA for scoring offense and 4th for points allowed.  Recent results show the Jazz covering three of their last five games.  So too, three of those five tilts went over the number.

Donovan Mitchell is having a career season for the Jazz.  To illustrate, Mitchell averages 26.3 points per game.  Mitchell is averaging 30 points per game in April.  Also, Rudy Gobert brings 14.5 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.

Lake Show Missing Top Two Stars

Despite missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers are showing good pro basketball betting value.  LA paid in four of their last five games.  Three of their previous four tilts went over the total.  As a result, the Lakers are 33-20 straight up, 26-27 vs. the odds, and 19-34 under the number.  NBA metrics show LA 23rd for scoring offense and 2nd for points allowed.  Los Angeles is 5th in the Western Conference, one game behind Denver.

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers Against the Spread

Of great concern is Utah’s poor basketball betting value in away games.  Only three payouts in 13 road tilts is a poor recent trend.  Utah is 14-12 on the board in Western Conference games.  As chalk, Utah is 31-19 vs. the odds.

Utah is 13-13-1 over and under in away games.  Against Western Conference opponents, the Jazz is 12-13-1 to the under.  While as favorites, Utah is 24-26 under the number.

Los Angeles has covered only 11 of their last 27 home games.  Specifically, in Western Conference games, the Lakers are 17-14 vs. the odds.  Los Angeles has paid in only five of their last 12 as dogs

In sum, Los Angeles is 11-16 under the total at Staples Center.  LA is 12-19 to the under in Western Conference games.  As a dog, the Lakers are 5-7 under the number.

Los Angeles has gotten the money in five of their last six games against Utah.  And then three of the last five between these teams went over the total.  Utah has paid in only one of their previous four at the Lakers.  Four of the last six in this series at Staples Center stayed under the total.

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, the Jazz brings a deeper roster.  Utah also boasts the best NBA gambling asset on the floor with Mitchell.

Jazz at Lakers CashBet Best Bet: 

Utah Jazz


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