The Los Angeles Lakers (8-6) will host the Utah Jazz (4-9) in a 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament matchup on Tuesday night. The Lakers have found a groove, winning five of the last six games, and on Sunday, L.A. defeated the Houston Rockets 105-104. Meanwhile, the Jazz have lost two games in a row, including on Nov. 19 when the Phoenix Suns topped Utah 140-137 in double overtime. Walker Kessler (elbow) is out for Utah, while LeBron James (calf) is questionable for Los Angeles. The Lakers are the only team with a 3-0 record in the NBA In-Season Tournament standings, while the Jazz are 2-1.
Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The Lakers are 7.5-point favorites in the latest Jazz vs. Lakers odds, per SportsLine consensus. The over/under for total points is 236.5. Before making any Jazz vs. Lakers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five seasons. The model enters Week 5 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a 82-46 roll on all top-rated NBA picks dating back to last season, returning more than $3,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.
The model has set its sights on Jazz vs. Lakers and locked in its NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Lakers vs. Jazz:
- Jazz vs. Lakers spread: Los Angeles -7.5
- Jazz vs. Lakers Over-Under: 236.5 points
- Jazz vs. Lakers money line: Los Angeles -315, Utah +248
- UTA: Has hit the Game Total Over in 41 of its last 63 games
- LAL: Have hit the money line in 47 of their last 80 games
- Jazz vs. Lakers picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Lakers can cover
Forward James (questionable) is still remarkable in his 21st season. James owns an unbelievable IQ and gets to his spots on the floor with ease. The 19-time All-Star consistently controls the pace offensively, leading the team in points (26.4) and assists (6.5). He’s recorded at least 35 points in back-to-back games, and in Sunday’s win over the Rockets, James finished with 37 points, six rebounds, and eight assists.
Forward Anthony Davis consistently impacts the game both offensively and defensively. Davis utilizes his length and awareness to be a dominant rim protector with a soft touch around the rim. The eight-time All-Star logs 22 points, 11.7 rebounds, and a league-high 3.3 blocks per game. He’s racked up back-to-back double-doubles, and in his previous outing, Davis had 27 points, 10 boards, and three assists. See which team to pick here.
Why the Jazz can cover
Forward Lauri Markkanen is a seven-footer who has great shooting touch and range. Markkanen can score as a catch-and-shoot option or off the dribble. The 26-year-old leads the team in points (24.8) with 8.8 rebounds and is knocking down 40% of his 3-pointers. In the double-overtime loss to the Suns, Markkanen dropped a season-high 38 points and 17 rebounds.
Guard Jordan Clarkson is explosive and crafty, can produce at all three levels, and is very quick with the ball in his hands. The Missouri product averages 19.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. He’s finished with at least 30 points in three of his last five games. On Nov. 17 versus the Suns, Clarkson tallied 37 points, five assists, and made five 3-pointers. See which team to pick here.
How to make Lakers vs. Jazz picks
The model has simulated Jazz vs. Lakers 10,000 times and is leaning Under the total, projecting 235 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits almost 70% of the time. You can only see the picks at SportsLine.
Who wins Lakers vs. Jazz, and which side of the spread hits in almost 70% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see the picks, all from the model that is on a 82-46 roll on top-rated NBA picks, and find out.