Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers Preview
The Utah Jazz (21-21) host the Los Angeles Lakers (23-19) tonight as the Jazz look to continue climbing the Western Conference standings. The Jazz are two games out of eighth place behind the Lakers, so tonight’s game could have some added importance.
The Lakers and Jazz are coming into tonight’s game on wins. The Lakers will still be without LeBron James, who is likely out thee more games, but the Lakers have rallied winning their last two games.
The last time the teams met in the season series, the Lakers won 90-83 behind a big game from both James and Brandon Ingram.
Time: 10:00pm ET
Arena: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Jazz Starting Lineup
The Utah Jazz rallied late in their Wednesday night game to get past the Orlando Magic 106-92. They limited the Magic to just 30 total second-half points, while they scored 60.
Donovan Mitchell led the way with 33 points and seven assists, Rudy Gobert chipped in 12 points and 14 rebounds and they got some help off the bench from Jae Crowder and Kyle Korver.
Considering how Utah’s guard corps has been decimated by injuries, the Jazz have to be happy with their effort.
Tonight, Raul Neto, Ricky Rubio, Thabo Sefolosha, Grayson Allen, Dante Exum, and Tony Bradley are all out so the Jazz will lean heavily on their starters, and likely bring up Royce O’Neal to start at shooting guard while Mitchell starts at point guard.
Los Angeles Lakers Starting Lineup
Ever since head coach Luke Walton called out Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, the Lakers have played much better. They’ve picked up consecutive wins against the Mavericks and Pistons after being embarrassed by Minnesota.
Having Kyle Kuzma back in the lineup has also helped tremendously. He had 41 points against the Pistons. While Ball and Ingram may not have put up the type of numbers that they had been, they made better decisions and contributed in several different areas.
Michael Beasley once again gave them some energy off the bench and scored 19 points in just 19 minutes, and it appears Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is finally comfortable in his role with the Lakers. He’s been a consistent scorer off the bench, with 15 points coming against Detroit.
Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Odds
The Jazz are -8 point favorites to win tonight’s game at home. The over/under is 216 points and there’s been some movement on the moneyline since Utah opened at -420 and is now -350.
Utah is 9-8 at home and 17-13 as the favorite whereas the Lakers are 9-11 on the road and 6-9 as the underdog.
DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks
The big names in this fantasy matchup are Kyle Kuzma ($7.3k), who is projected for 32.72 points and Donavan Mitchell ($8.1k), projected for 41.08 on FanDuel.
If you’re looking for some low-risk, high reward options that won’t break the bank, go with Josh Hart ($5.5k) and Derrick Favors ($6k)
Both are coming off games in which they struggled offensively, but they are expected to bounce back tonight with Hart slated for 26.61 points and Favors expected to finish with 28.64 on FanDuel.
Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections.