Los Angeles Lakers (1.73) vs Utah Jazz (2.19)
The Lakers have come out on top in the recent head-to-head games between these two teams, a win in this tie would be their third in a row in the heads up.
Other than a loss to Mavericks, and the sensational Luka Dončić, the Lakers have been on point for the season and are joint at the top of the NBA league alongside the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Jazz, who go 12-9 outright, have struggled in offense, averaging just 102.2 points per game over their last 4 games. The Lakers have been excellent in defense, with a number of key players putting in work this campaign.
Los Angeles are giving up just 104.1 points per game, so breaking that down will be a real task for the home side.
Expect the Lakers to cruise to a win here.
Los Angeles Lakers
To beat Utah Jazz
Parlay Pick: Lakers win & total over 212.5 (3.93)
The NBA betting odds were quite nice for a favourite, plus a fairly safe over wager. It’s fair to say just from the lineups, that things are likely to be one-way traffic in this one.
The Lakers have looked to LeBron, AJ and Howard in defense and they’ve done an excellent job. But are doing work at the other end of the court too. They’re averaging 112.2 points per game, which will cause Utah problems.
For the season overall the Jazz have been quite solid in defense, but it’s their recent form which will cause fans a concern. They’ve been giving up 121 points per game in the last four games.
The Lakers will look to Anthony Davis (averaging 26.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game) and LeBron (25.7 points and 7.2 rebounds) in attack, with King James leads the league in assists, on an average of 10.8 per game.
Take the Lakers to win & a over 212.5 total.
Los Angeles Lakers
To win & over 3.93
King James to stay hot, LeBron James to score over 25.5 (2.85)
The partnership between James and AJ has been growing stronger from game-to-game. They have great synergy and their physicality, coupled with excellent technical ability makes for a formidable duo.
Against the Denver Nuggets yesterday, he managed to put up 25 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists.
The arrival of Anthony Davis has forced LeBron to adapt his game and start to take on a slightly different role, than maybe he’s used to playing.
There’s a reason James is leading the league in assists. He is clearly a phenomenon on the court, but the way he’s adapted his game to champion Davis’s game has been great to watch. Unselfish-ball.
We wanted to give the King an NBA free pick as he’s having such a great season and continues to put on a show for us here at CSB.
Take LeBron to get over 25.5 tonight.
To score over 25.5