The 23-19 Utah Jazz will travel to play the 17-25 LA Lakers in an NBA pro basketball game on Friday night. Tip off time from Staples Center in Los Angeles is scheduled for 10:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The NBA odds from this game will come out on Friday afternoon as Dwight Howard has been listed as questionable on Friday with a shoulder injury.
The teams have met twice this season with the Jazz winning and covering the spread in both games home and away. Trend: LA Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their past four games.
The Utah Jazz is 9-15 on the road this season. The team has won four straight and eight of their past ten games. They are coming off the 92-88 home win on Wednesday to the Washington Wizards as a -7 point betting favorite. The total came in at under 194 ½ points. Utah built up the 15 point lead after three quarters. The held the Wizards just 36% shooting and forced 15 turnovers. Utah survived a 3 of 12 three point shooting performance by good defense. Paul Millsap had 16 points and 15 rebounds on 7 of 13 shooting. The Jazz has defended well during this win streak by giving up just 92 points a game.
The Lakers are 12-10 on their home court. They have lost four straight games and 12 of their past 14 games. They complete a 0-3 road trip with the 106-93 road defeat on Wednesday to the Memphis Grizzlies as a +3 ½ point underdog. The game landed over 187 ½ points. It was another horrid defensive effort by the Lakers as they allowed an offensively challenged Memphis team 106 points with 49% shooting. The Grizzlies starting guards has shot terribly this season and Tony Allen and Mike Conley combine for 15 of 25 shooting. Kobe Bryant had 29 points on 11 of 23 shooting. LA is 26th this season in points allowed by allowing 101 points a game.