Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz

Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

When: Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 9:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): NBA TV, Spectrum Sportsnet | 710 AM ESPN / 1330 AM ESPN DEPORTES

Los Angeles Lakers (Away)

Head Coach: Frank Vogel {All-Time | }

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – (G) Danny Green – (F) LeBron James – (F) Anthony Davis – (C) Javale McGee

Season Record: 18-3

Top Performers:

  • (F) Anthony Davis – 34.6 MPG | 26.1 PPG | 9.3 RPG | 2.8 BPG
  • (F) LeBron James – 34.9 MPG | 25.7 PPG | 7.2 RPG | 10.9 APG
  • (F) Kyle Kuzma – 22.5 MPG | 11.3 PPG | 3.4 RPG | .333 3P%

The Los Angeles Lakers have been criticized due to the ease of their schedule, however, their most recent win over the Denver Nuggets only confirms their quality. LeBron James was brilliant once again, but the defensive effort of the Lakers as a whole is what helped them take down the Nuggets.

They now play the second of their three-game road trip against the Utah Jazz. The Jazz have struggled all season long, but their defence is what is keeping them afloat in the top eight of the Western Conference.

Even the Nuggets savvy defence couldn’t stop the Lakers in their last match. While Rudy Gobert is the best that they will face in the paint, Los Angeles will be more than happy to challenge the Jazz’s sputtering offence.

Utah Jazz (Home)

Head Coach: Quin Snyder {All-Time 239-192 | UTA}

Season Record: 12-9

Projected Starting Five: (G) Mike Conley – (G) Donovan Mitchell – (F) Bojan Bogdanovic – (F) Royce O’Neale – (C) Rudy Gobert

Top Performers:

  • (G) Mike Conley – 34.7 MPG | 24.5 PPG | 4.8 RPG | 3.6 APG
  • (F) Bojan Bogdanovic – 33.1 MPG | 20.9 PPG | 4.4 RPG | .449 3P%
  • (C) Rudy Gobert – 34.4 MPG | 14.0 PPG | 13.7 RPG | 2.1 BPG

On the bright side for the Utah Jazz, their road trip finally comes to a close. Unfortunately for them, it comes on the heels of a 1-4 run, with their only win coming against the lowly Memphis Grizzlies.

The Jazz are coming off of a disappointing loss again the Philadelphia 76ers. It wasn’t an awful loss for the Jazz, but they weren’t able to execute in the clutch. Despite the disappointing road trip, the Jazz still sit sixth in the Western Conference.

The Utah Jazz will face off against a Los Angeles Lakers team that boasts one of the top records in the NBA. The Jazz’s defence has been solid, but they will need to challenge the Lakers’ defence by scoring the ball efficiently.

What’s At Stake?

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz have faced each other many times over the course of their NBA histories. In 166 regular-season meetings, the Lakers lead the Jazz 95-71.

A win for the Los Angeles Lakers would only reinforce their place at the top of the Western Conference.

A win for the Utah Jazz would give them an extra game to hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves from taking their spot at sixth in the Western Conference.

Questions to answer

Have the Lakers solidified their position at the top?

Where can the Utah Jazz find their bench production?

We are going to compare the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

Los Angeles Won on the Back of Strong Defending

With the fourth-best defensive rating in the NBA, it isn’t a surprise that the Lakers were able to hold the Denver Nuggets late in their last win. It was however their performance on top of poor offence that won them the night.

Danny Green and Kyle Kuzma, two essential offensive pieces, were quiet for the Lakers in their last match. They combined to shoot 4-18 from the field and 1-7 from deep – all of those three-point attempts coming from Green.

It is nice to be able to fall back on the star talents of Anthony Davis and LeBron James, but both will be hard-pressed to score the ball with two-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert patrolling the paint. The Lakers need their role players to perform.

Utah Needs Playmaking off the Bench

Mike Conley, for all of his scoring struggles, has been a solid playmaker for the Utah Jazz this season. Even Donovan Mitchell, who is certainly more shooting guard than point guard, is at his usual standard distributing the ball. The Jazz have struggled to find that playmaking for their bench unit.

It isn’t so much about the point guard position for Utah. Jeff Green and Joe Ingles are solid playmakers, despite not being primary ball handlers. Unfortunately, neither have shown said ability over the first 21 games.

There’s still room for optimism as veterans can find their form and prospects can break out – we’re looking at you Emmanuel Mudiay and Georges Niang.

However with a quarter of the season gone the Jazz may be looking at the trade/free agent market sooner than later to address their needs.

Veterans Guide the Lakers

It’s hard to believe that Anthony Davis is going on eight seasons in the NBA and is only 26 years old. To put that in perspective, he is only two years older than Nikola Jokic and a year older than Pascal Siakam.

He is nonetheless an NBA veteran and his presence, along with others, stabilizes the Lakers when they struggle.

In a hard-fought affair, Anthony Davis and LeBron James combined for 50 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. While Javale McGee struggled with fouls, Dwight Howard was an effective 5-8 from the field for 13 points and six rebounds on the night.

Impressively, Rajon Rondo also came through with 11 points and six assists with the struggling Alex Caruson fouling out. The Lakers are a top team and the amount of weapons they have will be difficult for the Jazz to handle.

Is Snyder on the Hot Seat?

Quin Snyder has been a fantastic servant for the Utah Jazz. Over the span of six years with the Jazz, Snyder has built a struggling team into a perennial playoff contender.

However, their trends this season, particularly on offence, haven’t shown any signs of improvement.

Through 21 games the Utah Jazz’s offence is dismal compared to last season. They are currently 2.5 points below the leagues average per 100 possessions, owing to their struggles starting and finishing games.

The Utah Jazz aren’t in the danger zone at the moment, in fact, sixth in the West is excellent based on their struggles.

However the Jazz are just as many games away from the top four as they are out of the playoff picture. One more bad run and Quin Snyder may be looking over his shoulder.

Los Angeles Lakers Roster Notes

(F) Anthony Davis – 2 Dec 2019 – Day To Day (Shoulder) – Davis is probable for Tuesday’s (Dec. 3) game against the Nuggets.

(F) Kyle Kuzma – 2 Dec 2019 – Day To Day (Left Ankle) – Kuzma is probable for Tuesday’s (Dec. 3) game against the Nuggets.

(G) Avery Bradley – 21 Nov 2019 – Out (Right Leg) – Bradley will be re-evaluated after Thanksgiving according to Harrison Faigen of SBNation.

(C) DeMarcus Cousins – 15 Aug 2019 – Out (Knee) – Cousins suffered a torn ACL in his knee, according to Shams Charania. He’s expected to miss the entire season.

Utah Jazz Roster Notes

(G) Utah Jazz – 2 Dec 2019 – Day To Day (Hamstring) – Conley left Monday’s (Dec. 2) game and will not return according to Derek Bodner of The Athletic.

Head-to-Head: (G) Danny Green vs (G) Donovan Mitchell

We take a look at an offence-defence matchup when the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz face off.

While Mitchell will be the focus of the Jazz’s offence, Danny Green will be responsible for slowing him down for the Los Angeles Lakers. How this matchup pans out will be a huge factor in the outcome of the match.

(G) Danny Green (6-6, 215lb (198cm, 97kg) | North Carolina | 10 Years)

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
19-20 32 LAL 20 25.4 8.6 3.3 1.2 .446 .398

Danny Green is one of the NBA’s premier three-and-D threats. He is not a high volume scorer or even shooter, but he is incredibly efficient with his shooting. Green’s presence as an outlet to the offensive focus of James and Davis is a dangerous thing.

Green will also be asked to slow down the offensive output of explosive guard Donovan Mitchell. His length and athleticism won’t match Mitchell, but he has proven to be an effective deterrent. With a career defensive rating of 103, Green has the resume to challenge Mitchell.

(G) Donovan Mitchell (6-1, 215lb (185cm, 97kg) | Louisville | 2 Years)

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
19-20 21 UTA 21 34.7 24.5 4.8 3.6 .435 .369

Donovan Mitchell is blossoming into a star. Unfortunately his Utah Jazz are struggling to support his fantastic play. Like his teammates, Mitchell has struggled over the course of Utah’s five-game road trip.

Mitchell has averaged only 20.0 points on 37.1% shooting and 31.4% from three in his last five. Hopefully a return home will work in his favour. In his last match against the Lakers, Mitchell contributed 24 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals, on 46.7% shooting.

Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz Predictions and Odds

The odds will be updated as they are made available.

Why the Los Angeles Lakers Will Win

The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the premiere teams in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers are so good defensively, that they are likely to compound the Utah Jazz’s offensive struggles. Combined with their own offensive weapons, it is difficult to see the Lakers’ quality not outshining the Jazz.

Why the Utah Jazz Will Win

The Utah Jazz are one of the few teams in the NBA that have the defensive tools to challenge the Los Angeles Lakers’ offence. As has been the trend this season, the Utah Jazz can take this game if their offence meets their defensive ability.

WSN’s Pick

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to start strong on a road trip of their own. With Utah’s poor run of form, it’s difficult to see the Jazz suddenly putting on a performance to stop one of the leagues best.

WSN Picks: Los Angeles Lakers defeat Utah Jazz

Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz Odds

The latest odds for the Lakers vs the Jazz are provided by bet365 NJ, SugarHouse NJ, and 888sport NJ.

Good Luck!

Money Line

Sportsbook Lakers Jazz
bet365 NJ +130 -150
SugarHouse NJ +125 -148
DraftKings +125 -148

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