The Los Angeles Lakers (40-38) are 7th in the Western Conference as they prepare to take on the Utah Jazz (36-42) in an All-Western showdown at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Tuesday.
The Lakers are playing extraordinarily lately. They are 7-3 in their last ten games and on a three-game winning run. Los Angeles’ latest win was a well-deserved 134-109 victory against the Houston Rockets. The contest turned out to be an easy victory for the Lakers, led by Anthony Davis (40), who is having one of the best runs of his career. The entire team stood behind Davis and supported him in the win.
The Lakers will now face the Utah Jazz, who have slipped to 12th in the West after a 3-7 run in their last ten games. The Jazz are currently on a three-game losing streak and have dropped significantly in the standings in the previous month. Utah’s last defeat was an agonizing 111-110 loss against the Brooklyn Nets. Talen Horton-Tucker was excellent on the night, finishing with 32 points, while Lauri Markkanen had 23. It still wasn’t enough, as the Jazz lost by a point.
Fixture: Los Angeles Lakers @ Utah Jazz
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 4, 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz: Injury Report
There are a few injuries for both teams at the moment. Starting with the Lakers, LeBron James is questionable for tonight’s game because of a foot problem, while Anthony Davis is probable due to a foot issue. D’Angelo Russell is also questionable for the night with a foot problem.
As for the Jazz, Rudy Gay is out due to a back problem, whereas Jordan Clarkson has been ruled out with a finger injury. Lauri Markkanen is listed out with a hand injury, and Walker Kessler is out because of a concussion.
|LeBron James||Los Angeles Lakers||Questionable||Foot|
|Anthony Davis||Los Angeles Lakers||Probable||Foot|
|D’Angelo Russell||Los Angeles Lakers||Questionable||Foot|
|Rudy Gay||Utah Jazz||Out||Back|
|Jordan Clarkson||Utah Jazz||Out||Finger|
|Lauri Markkanen||Utah Jazz||Out||Hand|
|Walker Kessler||Utah Jazz||Out||Concussion|
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz: Betting Odds
|Los Angeles Lakers||-460||-10 (-110)||O 235.5 (-110)|
|Utah Jazz||+370||+10 (-110)||U 235.5 (-110)|
Lakers: F LeBron James, F Jarred Vanderbilt, C Anthony Davis, G Austin Reaves, G D’Angelo Russell
Jazz: F Juan Tuscano-Anderson, F Kelly Olynyk, C Udoka Azubuike, G Talen Horton-Tucker, G Ochai Agbaji
Los Angeles vs. Utah: Betting Prediction
The Jazz have a 2-0 lead over the Lakers this season. Los Angeles has a chance to take revenge over a weakened Utah team. There is a clear difference in the form of both teams at the moment, which definitely gives the Lakers an upper hand. The Jazz are slightly better than the Lakers in offense, averaging 117.1 points per game (PPG), 6th in the league, whereas the Lakers are 8th, averaging 116.7 PPG. But defensively, the Lakers are doing much better, conceding 116.4 PPG, 19th overall, while the Jazz are 24th with 117.8 PPG.
Considering the current form, statistics and injuries, the Lakers have a definite chance tonight. Expect them to cover the spread as well.