Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz NBA Odds and Predictions: Lakers vs Jazz 24 February
The NBA has an interesting clash lined-up between two giants Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers this week. The game is scheduled to be held in the Staples Center on 24th February at 10:00 PM EST.
The Lakers are looking to make it to the top position whereas Utah Jazz are having a dream run so far with quality performances following them.
Even though it looks like a tight clash on cards, the Jazz are looking in the driver’s seat according to odds and predictions, owing to their dominance in this season. This also implies that the Lakers have to play out of their skins on Wednesday night.
The latest Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz NBA Odds and Predictions Summary. Utah Jazz are favorites to win this game.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz NBA Odds and Predictions: Players to watch out
Donovan Mitchell pitched in with 23 points and 8 assists against Charlotte Hornets that helped them secure an all-important win. He has a player efficiency rating of 19.49.
Jordan Clarkson who is the point guard was one of the highest scorers in his last outing. In addition to averaging 18.2 points in this period, he has 2 assists per game.
Rudy Gobert who plays as the center and power forward has a field goal percentage of 63.8 and a free throw percentage of 58 in 30 games.
Joe Ingles who plays in the forward position is a seasoned NBA player with an average of 11.5 points and field goal conversion of 51.2% in this season. Georges Niang was the talk of the town as he made 21 points in just 16 minutes.
The Los Angeles Lakers are heavily relying on LeBron James which has been quite evident in the last couple of games. He has averaged 25.6 points and 7.9 assists per game in this season consistently.
Montrezl Harrell who played as the center pitched in with 26 points whereas the shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finally came good for the side against Wizards with 21 points and 1 rebound. He also has a 3-point conversion of 42.2%.
Kyle Kuzma who is another important forward has averaged 11.4 points and 4.2 dribbles per game. The small forward is expected to do a far better job against Jazz to get rid off the losing streak.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz NBA Odds and Predictions: Recent form
The Utah Jazz are having a wonderful season so far with dominating performances on a regular basis. Even though they were deterred by initial losses, they tighten the screws in January as they went on a 11-match unbeaten streak where they faced the challenge of Hawks, Nuggets, Knicks and Mavericks.
They carried this momentum into February as they were once again involved in a 9-match streak that helped them retain the top spot in the Western conference ahead of Clippers and Lakers. They extended their advantage by thrashing Hornets in their last game.
The Los Angeles Lakers have found themselves in a sticky position after losing one of their star players Anthony Davis due to an injury. This has had a deep impact in the performance of the reigning champions.
After getting off to a bad start, they got their campaign back on track after back-to-back glorious performances in January. Their domination continued in February but they are currently facing a crisis that they want to get out of desperately.
They are on a 3-match losing streak with losses against Nets, Heat and most recently against minnows Wizards. Despite remaining in the top 3, they have a long way to go to get back to the top.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz NBA Odds and Predictions: Head-to-head:
Regular season (186 games): Lakers – 110 wins, Jazz – 76 wins.
Playoffs (31 games): Lakers – 17 wins, Jazz – 14 wins.
Previous meeting: Lakers won 116-108 on 3rd August 2020 in a regular season fixture.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz NBA Odds and Predictions: Predicted Winner
The Utah Jazz are coming into this clash with home advantage as well as a little bit of momentum while the Lakers are facing a slight backlash in the recent past. The FiveThirtyEight platform has gone on to suggest a huge chance of 80% to Jazz whereas the defending champions have a mere 20% chance in this contest.
According to Oddschecker and SMarkets, the outright predictions suggest that the Utah Jazz are the 5th favorites to win the championship whereas the Los Angeles Lakers have kept their most favorite tag so far with quality performances.