Los Angeles at Utah 10:00 PM EST
Line: Utah -13
Los Angeles fell to 11th in the Western Conference and out of the play in after their loss on Tuesday night to Dallas in which they allowed 82 points in the first half. But they find themselves right back in 10th place thanks to the 1-point loss by San Antonio last night against Memphis.
Now LA visits Utah for what is considered another must win game and once again they will be without the services of Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers are 6-12 without James this season and they have lost 4 straight without their star.
Utah has not been playing well either as of late as they have lost 5 straight and are just 4-6 in their last 10 games. They are in danger of falling to the 6th seed in the Western Conference as they are tied with the Denver Nuggets heading into Thursday’s action.
LA has won both games against Utah this season. The first match-up was on January 17th and the final score was 101-95. James went for 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in that game while Jazz star Donovan Mitchell struggled, going 0-8 from 3 point range and only scoring 13 points in 37 minutes which is far off his 26 points per game average this season.
In the last meeting on February 16th, LA ended a 3-game losing streak, beating the Jazz 106-101. LA had a big 4th quarter, outscoring Utah 35-22 to get a come from behind win. James scored 33 while grabbing 8 boards and dishing out 6 assists while Utah wasted a great effort from Mitchell, who scored 37 to go along with 5 assists.
Both games were played in Los Angeles and now the Lakers make their one and only visit to Utah this season which will wrap up a 3-game road trip.
Yes, both teams are struggling at this moment, but one team looks like they have already quit and that’s the Lakers. It’s hard to back them here, especially with losing what Lebron would have given them in this game.
We know it is a high spread, but we will back the Jazz here for free.
TakingVegas.com 1* Free Pick: Utah -13
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