Through 3 Quarters
The Utah Jazz are just one quarter away from delivering their fans the win they’ve been expecting. Either team is in a position to win, but they lead against the Los Angeles Lakers 79-74.
Shooting guard Donovan Mitchell has taken over for the Jazz, currently boasting 33 points (42% of their total). Los Angeles has been relying on small forward LeBron James, who has 21 points and four assists along with five rebounds, and power forward Anthony Davis, who has 17 points in addition to two blocks.
the Lakers have lost 72% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this season, so this one seems just about wrapped up
Utah @ Los Angeles
Current Records: Utah 36-21; Los Angeles 26-31
What to Know
The Utah Jazz have enjoyed the comforts of home their last six games, but now they must head out on the road. They will take on the Los Angeles Lakers at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Crypto.com Arena. Utah should still be feeling good after a victory, while Los Angeles will be looking to right the ship.
Everything came up roses for the Jazz at home against the Houston Rockets on Monday as the squad secured a 135-101 win. The game was pretty much decided by the half, when the score had already reached 78-53. Utah’s shooting guard Donovan Mitchell did his thing and shot 5-for-9 from downtown and finished with 30 points, seven assists and six boards.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles was close but no cigar on Saturday as they fell 117-115 to the Golden State Warriors. Small forward LeBron James (26 points) was the top scorer for Los Angeles.
The Jazz are the favorite in this one, with an expected 4.5-point margin of victory. They are currently five-for-five against the spread in their most recent games, a trend bettors might want to take into account.
Utah’s victory brought them up to 36-21 while the Lakers’ defeat pulled them down to 26-31. A pair of stats to keep an eye on: Utah enters the matchup with 114 points per game on average, which is the best in the league. Less enviably, Los Angeles is stumbling into the contest with the fifth most points allowed per game in the league, having given up 112.6 on average. They might struggle to break 100.
How To Watch
When: Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET Where: Crypto.com Arena — Los Angeles, California TV: ESPN Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.) Follow: CBS Sports App Ticket Cost: $11.22
The Jazz are a 4.5-point favorite against the Lakers, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 4.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
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Utah have won 14 out of their last 22 games against Los Angeles.
Jan 17, 2022 – Los Angeles 101 vs. Utah 95 Apr 19, 2021 – Utah 111 vs. Los Angeles 97 Apr 17, 2021 – Los Angeles 127 vs. Utah 115 Feb 24, 2021 – Utah 114 vs. Los Angeles 89 Aug 03, 2020 – Los Angeles 116 vs. Utah 108 Dec 04, 2019 – Los Angeles 121 vs. Utah 96 Oct 25, 2019 – Los Angeles 95 vs. Utah 86 Apr 07, 2019 – Los Angeles 113 vs. Utah 109 Mar 27, 2019 – Utah 115 vs. Los Angeles 100 Jan 11, 2019 – Utah 113 vs. Los Angeles 95 Nov 23, 2018 – Los Angeles 90 vs. Utah 83 Apr 08, 2018 – Utah 112 vs. Los Angeles 97 Apr 03, 2018 – Utah 117 vs. Los Angeles 110 Oct 28, 2017 – Utah 96 vs. Los Angeles 81 Jan 26, 2017 – Utah 96 vs. Los Angeles 88 Dec 27, 2016 – Utah 102 vs. Los Angeles 100 Dec 05, 2016 – Utah 107 vs. Los Angeles 101 Oct 28, 2016 – Utah 96 vs. Los Angeles 89 Apr 13, 2016 – Los Angeles 101 vs. Utah 96 Mar 28, 2016 – Utah 123 vs. Los Angeles 75 Jan 16, 2016 – Utah 109 vs. Los Angeles 82 Jan 10, 2016 – Utah 86 vs. Los Angeles 74
Injury Report for Los Angeles
LeBron James: Game-Time Decision (Knee) Anthony Davis: Game-Time Decision (Wrist) Carmelo Anthony: Out (Hamstring) Avery Bradley: Out (Knee) Kendrick Nunn: Out (Knee)
Injury Report for Utah
Xavier Sneed: Out (Ankle) Rudy Gay: Out (Knee)