Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz - 8/3/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Los Angeles Lakers (50-15) at Utah Jazz (42-24)
NBA Basketball: Monday, August 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +6 -- Over/Under: 219 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz meet Monday in NBA action at The Arena.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for a bounce back showing after getting beat up by the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 113.8 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.6 points and 9.3 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 25.5 points and 10.5 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Dion Waiters is grabbing three rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game.
The Utah Jazz look for a statement victory after splitting their first two bubble games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 110.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 24 points and 4.2 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.6 points and 2.9 rebounds. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Mike Conley is dishing 4.3 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game.
The Lakers are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 Monday games. The Jazz are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog, 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The under is 5-0 in Lakers last 5 overall. The under is 5-1 in Jazz last 6 overall. The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Utah and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Los Angeles Lakers could easily be 0-2 in this bubble, but they played some of the best competition in the league and more than held their own despite subpar showings from most of their supporting cast. The Utah Jazz could also be 0-2 in this bubble, and they're coming off an absolute beatdown against the OKC Thunder. The Jazz continue to have issues finding easy offense in the half court, and I'm not sure they have a second gear to get them out of this funk.
If the Lakers play inspired basketball, they win this game by double digits.