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Dan Hunter 19 Apr 2021
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Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Lakers Tips


The no.1 team in the NBA this season the Utah Jazz take on the reigning NBA Champions the Los Angeles Lakers in a regular season game on Tuesday, April 20. This will be the second-straight matchup featuring the Lakers and the Jazz – on Saturday LA scored a surprise 127-115 win over Utah. The Jazz are top of the Western Conference, while the Lakers are 5th. 

Going into their rematch against Utah, Los Angeles will again be minus their star duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who have both been out injured for several weeks. The Lakers have performed erratically since losing their two best players, winning seven of their subsequent matches but losing nine. It was therefore something of a shock when they defeated the top team in the league this season by 12 clear points.

However, I’m backing the Lakers to defeat the Jazz again, based off both Saturday’s result, plus the fact that Utah’s last three defeats have all been away games, as is Tuesday’s match. This will be a closer game, with the Lakers winning by ten points or less in a contest that will feature 230 points or less. 

  • Jazz top of Western Conference
  • Jazz 42-15 this season 
  • Lakers 5th in Western Conference
  • Lakers 32-22 this season

Head to Head


The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles have played each other 188 times in regular-season NBA games. The Lakers currently lead that head-to-head by 111 wins to 77. In their five most recent matches from last season and this one, the Lakers lead 4-1. In 2021 the score is one apiece; the Jazz defeated the Lakers 114-89 in February, but LA defeated Utah 127-115 in April. 

LA Lakers Form


Last season the LA Lakers were crowned NBA Champions for the 17th time, and began 2021 playing like the favourites they were to retain their title. However, they soon began to suffer some defeats, and the subsequent loss of their superstar duo of Anthony Davis and LeBron James through injuries would only exacerbate things. Since the departure of Davis and James the Lakers have won seven games but lost eleven, which made their win over Utah all the more surprising. 

The Lakers are down to fifth in the Western Conference, and still have 25 regular season games left to play. It’s no longer unthinkable that they could be surpassed in the table by Portland, Dallas and Memphis and fail to reach the playoffs, and they must be counting down the days for the return of either Davis or James, both of whom are scheduled to return at the end of April. 

Utah Jazz Form


For most of this season the Utah Jazz have been the outstanding team, and on course to win their first divisional title since 2017, their first conference crown since 1998, and possibly win their first even NBA Championship. While Utah are still statistically the best team in the league, they have already lost almost as many games in April (4) as they did throughout all of February and March, when they were beaten just six times. 

In fact the Jazz are 4-4 in their last eight games, and their lack of form was emphasised by their loss to a Lakers team who have themselves been all at sea in recent weeks. While there is next to no chance of Utah missing the playoffs, the team desperately needs to regain that air of invincibility they had when putting together winning sequences of 11 straight win in January, 9-straight in February and nine again in March. 


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Verdict

This rematch will take place at the Staples Center, home of the LA Lakers. The LA Lakers are a so-so 17-12 at home this season, while the Utah Jazz are 16-12 on the road. Interestingly, Utah lost their previous last two away games also, to Phoenix and Dallas, and they haven’t won on the road since April 1 when they defeated Memphis.
 
Based off that factor, plus the obvious fact that LA beat them convincingly just three days ago, I’m backing the LA Lakers to defeat the Utah Jazz again, by a much closer scoreline of less than ten points, in a match that will feature 230 points or less.
Best Bet: Lakers Winner @195.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Lakers 6-10 Winning Margin @650.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Over 228.5 Total Points @300.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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