Utah Jazz (49-30) vs LA Lakers (36-34)
NBA: Sunday, April 7, 2019 9:30 PM ET (Staples Center)
Spread: UTA -12 — Over/Under: 217
Draftkings NBA Picks LA Lakers vs Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz will put their seven-game winning streak on the line tonight in LA when they face off with LA Lakers.
The Utah Jazz have three games remaining on the season and they finish with a back to back where they will be at home against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday and on the road Wednesday for the LA Clippers. Both of those games are huge for playoff seeding as the Jazz are only 2.5 games ahead of the LA Clippers for the 5th seed. A win against the Lakers would go along way in helping secure that seed and put them one step closer to the Portland Trail Blazers in the 4th seed. Portland also has three games remaining so we could see some major shifting in the final seeding before the season ends on Wednesday night. The Jazz are 12-3 in their last 15 games and have won 7 straight. Similar to last season, Donovan Mitchell has led Utah on this late-season surge averaging 24.6 points per game, shooting 48% from the 3 point line and 82% on free throws. Mitchell has engineered the Utah offense for a large portion of this season as they have struggled with injuries at the point guard position. He seems to have the team ready to make some noise in the playoffs with whichever seed they take.
The LA Lakers have been hard to figure out in the last week. They are 7-15 against the spread in their last 22 games but 6 of those covers have come in the last 8 games. They seem to be hanging around a little longer in these games since the news last week of Lebron James sitting out the remainder of the season. Alex Caruso has been the talk of the NBA with his play over the last 5 games where he is averaging 17 points and 5 assists per game. He is also shooting a red-hot 66% from 3 during this 5 game stretch. Part of this is the Lakers having several nationally televised games during this time but Caruso has been a legit performer and showed that he might be worth a roster spot in what looks to be a much different Lakers roster next season.
Cover the Spread 365 NBA Betting Trends
Utah is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Utah’s last 8 games when playing LA Lakers
Utah is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
LA Lakers is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
LA Lakers is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Lakers’s last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Lakers’s last 8 games when playing Utah
FanDuel NBA Picks LA Lakers vs Utah Jazz
The Jazz are on fire and the Lakers are pesky. You see the trends in for this one, and I think they will hold true for this matchup. I think the Defense of Utah will hold the Lakers in check most of the game but I believe LA will find a way to cover the 12. I’m more confident in the total for this game, however, and I think that is where we make our money this Sunday night.