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Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers 4/17/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Los Angeles Lakers are hosting the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 4:30 ET. The Jazz still hold the best record in the whole league but are 3-3 in their previous six matches and the Phoenix Suns are now just one game behind them. The Lakers are still without LeBron and Davis and haven’t won or lost a second consecutive game since the end of March.  

The Lakers have a 34-22 record and are 27-29 against the spread and 21-35 in over/under. They are coming off a home defeat against the Celtics by 113-121. Only two of their starters scored double digits and were led in scoring by Tylen Horton-Tucker with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists off the bench.   

LeBron James leads the team both in scoring with 25.4 ppg and in dimes made with 7.9, grabbing 7.9 boards per game, with a 51.3% field goal percentage. Anthony Davis adds 22.5 ppg and 8.4 boards per game, but both are still out with injuries. 

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Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions 4/17/2021

The Lakers have the second-best defense in the NBA with 105.9 ppg, while scoring 109.8 ppg. They have a 47.4% field goal percentage and 35.6% 3-point percentage. They are 4-2 against the spread in their previous six games. Over is 5-1 in their previous six matches.   

The Jazz have a 41-15 record and are 33-22 against the spread and 26-28-1 in over/under. They are coming off a home victory against the Thunder with a 106-96 score. They had an all-around scoring effort as all of their five starters were in double digit scoring. Bojan Bogdanovic scored a team-high 23, making all of his 10 free throw attempts. Donovan Mitchell added 22 points.  

Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 26.5 ppg, adding 4.4 boards and 5.3 dimes per game. Jordan Clarkson adds 17.2 ppg as the team’s sixth man and he is probable to play today.  

Jazz have the third-best offense in the NBA with 117 ppg and the fourth-best defense, allowing 107.5. They have a 46.6% field goal percentage and a 38.9% 3-point percentage. They are 2-4 against the spread in their previous six matches. 

Jazz won easily their previous matchup against the Lakers earlier this season by 25 points with a 114-89 home victory. Lakers are 5-1 against the spread in their previous six matchups. Under is 5-3 in their previous eight matchups. The Lakers are 16-12 at home, while the Jazz are 16-11 on the road. The Lakers without their star duo stand no chance against the superior Jazz, so I’m going to pick the Jazz in this one. 

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Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers 4/17/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 4:30 ET 

Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021

TV: SPECSN / ESPN

NBA Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles Lakers +1

NBA Totals: 214.5

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