Palmerbet’s daily NBA preview highlights the feature game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz, along with NBA tips for all other matches being played today. 

NBA Tips – Los Angeles Lakers V Utah Jazz

14:00 (AEDT), Sat 12th Jan @ Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City

History: Played 211: Lakers 123 V Jazz 88

Last meeting: November 23, 2018: Lakers 90 d Jazz 83 at Staples Center

Final Thoughts: The LA Lakers are showing signs of turning things around without their injured talisman. But they face a big test against a Utah Jazz outfit that are hot on their heels in the Western Conference.

The 23-19 Lakers are clinging to eighth spot in the West. After losing LeBron James to a groin problem in their stunning Christmas Day win over the Warriors, the Lakers went down in five of their next six games.

But they have won their last two at Dallas (107-97) and against Detroit (113-100) at home. Kyle Kuzma put 41 points on the Pistons, while Lonzo Ball racked up 11 assists. It’s been a timely turnaround, with LeBron set to miss at least four more games.

The 21-21 Jazz sit ninth after have been among the league’s most inconsistent teams. They have not won or lost more than two in a row since November 23.

But Utah come into this encounter off three wins in their last four games, bouncing back from a road loss to the Bucks with a 106-93 home win over the Magic two days ago. Donovan Mitchell tallied 33 points – his third-highest of the season – in that victory, while Rudy Gobert had 14 boards.

The Jazz have won 11 of their last 13 against the Lakers. But the Lakers’ 90-83 home win in November – with LeBron (22 pts, 10 reb, 7 ast) starring – snapped a seven-game losing streak in the rivalry.

The Lakers have lost their last six in Salt Lake City, however. Just one of the teams’ last 15 encounters produced more than 208 points.

The Jazz are just 9-8 at home this season. The Lakers are a worrying 9-11 on the road.

The LeBron factor makes it easy to lean towards the Jazz. But the Lakers’ mini-revival this week renders them a solid proposition with a big start.

Tip: Handicap – Lakers +8 @ $1.94


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