Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz Pick – NBA March 31, 2022

The Utah Jazz play hosts the sad Los Angeles Lakers at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. The Lakers are coming off another loss, this time a no-show versus the Dallas Mavericks in a 128-110 loss on Tuesday night.

They are without LeBron James and on a three-game skid with losses in seven of their last nine games.

This is a throwaway and a waste of a season for the Lakers. The Russell Westbrook experiment has been nothing but a headache.

The best that the Lakers can look for is getting into the play-in tournament. At 31-44 going into tonight, the Lakers don’t even deserve a chance to get into the playoffs through the play-in.

I’d rather see the San Antonio Spurs in the play-in rather than the Lakers. At least we have an opportunity to see a young talent like Dejounte Murray.

In any case, there isn’t much anything good to talk about when it comes to the Jazz as of late. Utah has lost five straight after beginning their road trip with a 108-93 win at Madison Square Garden on March 20.

Following that win, the Jazz were losers in five in a row, most recently a blown 25-point lead against the LA Clippers for a 121-115 loss.

They’re in a much better than the Lakers at 45-31, but after finishing first in the Western Conference last year, the sixth-best record in the West going into tonight isn’t a success.

Head below for our free Lakers vs. Jazz prediction on March 31, 2022.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
LA Lakers +13.5 (-110) +625 Over 228 (-110)
Utah Jazz -13.5 (-110) -1000 Under 228 (-110)
Team Data LA Lakers Utah Jazz
Overall Record 31-44 45-31
ATS Record 31-43-1 31-43-2
Away/Home Record 11-26 26-11
ATS Away/Home 15-22-0 16-19-2
Points Per Game 111.5 113.3
Points Against Per Game 114.5 107.8
Field Goal % 46.8 47.1
Three Point % 34.9 36.3

Lakers vs. Jazz Prediction:

You could say that the Jazz are a touch on the overrated side. They are living on their past reputation from last year. However, the Jazz have looked ripe for upsets this season.

I’ve been on the Jazz this season, and they’ve burned me so many times in the 4th quarter. They have a knack for letting up and allowing opponents to backdoor the spread.

This is why I’m hesitant to lay more than 13 points on the Jazz. Never mind that their opponent is the Lakers. And the Lakers always seem to play the Jazz tough.

There’s always one or two teams; it doesn’t matter how good or bad that teams have trouble against. Every squad has that team they can’t do well against, and for the Jazz, it’s been the Lakers.

The Lakers have won their last two attempts versus the Jazz, most recently a 106-101 win in Los Angeles on February 16. This followed a 101-95 win a month earlier.

Note that the Lakers have covered the spread in eight of the last ten attempts versus the Jazz. Russell Westbrook doesn’t like Utah.

If you recall, he got into it with the fans here a few years ago, and he hasn’t forgotten. This guy seems to play when he wants, and I’m sure there might be a spark in him tonight.


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz Betting Trends:

LA Lakers
  • 8-2 ATS in their previous ten games versus the Jazz
  • 7-2 overall in their previous nine games versus the Jazz
  • 4-1-1 ATS in their previous six games versus a team with a winning percentage better than 60%
  • 5-11 ATS in their previous 16 games
  • OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games
Jazz
  • 0-5 ATS in their previous five games
  • 4-9-1 ATS in their previous 15 games as a betting favorite
  • 3-7 ATS in their previous ten games versus a team with a losing record
  • 2-8 ATS in their previous ten games versus the Lakers
  • UNDER Is 4-1 in thier previous five games versus a team with a losing record

The Lakers have had some success on the offensive end this season. They like to push, and with Westbrook playing a leading role in the absence of LeBron James, the Lakers will run.

In their last five attempts, the Lakers are scoring 118 points per game and a 51.7% field goal percentage. Overall, the offense has been fine with 111.5 points per game and eighth with a 46.8% field goal percentage.

Westbrook and the Lakers will likely cough the ball up with sloppy turnovers, but the Jazz have been unreliable in the 4th quarter this season. It’s reasonable to expect the Lakers to score garbage points if they’re well behind late in the game.

The backdoor is probably going to be open in this one. The Jazz have left it open all season and likely the same tonight. I’m backing the Lakers in a 118-110 or 121-112 final at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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