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The Los Angeles Lakers will face the Utah Jazz in a rematch of their Saturday night game on Monday evening. The Lakers won that game 127-115 in overtime. Both teams are well over 0.600 for the season.
Jazz lose to Lakers but still well over 0.700
The Jazz have been splendid through the entirety of this season. They are now 42-15 for the season with a win percentage of 73.7%. They were beaten in the previous game by the Los Angeles Lakers 127-115 in overtime.
What was said? (According to Field Level Media)
“It was a good effort,” said Utah’s Joe Ingles, who finished with 20 points and 14 assists in the loss to the Lakers. “A lot of guys who don’t usually play, played heavy minutes and did a good job. I think we can take a lot of good stuff from that.”
As reported by AP: Ilyasova made five of his career-high-tying six 3-pointers in the first quarter, hitting three in a row to start the game. Gobert missed his first game of the season because of a right knee contusion. All-Star Conley also sat out for the first time with right knee soreness.
Donovan Mitchell is out tomorrow (right ankle sprain).
Rudy Gobert is probable (right knee contusion).
Mike Conley is probable (right knee soreness).
Ersan Ilyasova is questionable (left hamstring tightness).
Derrick Favors is questionable (right knee soreness).
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) April 19, 2021
Lakers win and lose but season still looking good
The Lakers have alternated between winning and losing for a while now. This is how their recent record looks: WLWLWLWLWLW (last 11 games). It doesn’t matter which was first because that forms a nice palindrome. The Lakers are now 35-22 for the season.
What was said?
“We made more in-game adjustments than we have all year just to counter their attack,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “To have a team storm back and take the lead and not panic is definitely something we can draw on going forward. We’ll have this experience to know that we’ll prevail.”
According to the Associated Press, Davis isn’t expected back for the rematch. Neither team led by more than five points in the first half when there were 10 ties. Their two-game home losing skid ended. Caldwell-Pope passed Eddie Jones for fifth on the franchise’s career 3-point list with his 490th. Kuzma overtook Rick Fox for seventh on the 3-point list.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 18, 2021
Trends, as seen on covers.com, are:
Los Angeles Lakers are:
5-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
6-2 ATS in their last 8 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Utah Jazz are:
2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.
1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record.
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Sure, the Lakers are severely depleted this season without AD and LeBron. But so are the Jazz, with Donovan Mitchell out for this game. There are several other injury concerns for the Jazz, including Rudy Gobert. The Lakers are a proud franchise and are reigning NBA champions. Even though Utah has been on a different road this season, winning over 73% of their games, they might find that health is important to winning. They might win this game but it won’t be a blowout, not by any means. As a result, I’d be backing the Lakers to keep this close.
Los Angeles Lakers +6.5
Want another opinion on this pick?
Full-Game Total Pick
The pace of play on Saturday was extraordinary, with threes flying in for fun, at least in the first half. It won’t be the exact same here but not too dissimilar either. The Lakers have averaged 110.1 points per game, 23rd in the NBA. The Jazz have been significantly better than that, posting an average of 117 points per game, third in the league. They should combine to keep the efficiency and pace of play up, taking the points tally over.