Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers – NBA April 19

10 p.m. ET – Utah (-7) at Los Angeles Lakers O/U: 214

The 42-15 Jazz take on the 35-22 Lakers on Monday night at the Staples Center. These two teams met in Los Angeles on Saturday night as well, where the Lakers picked a 127-115 win over a depleted Utah team in overtime. Guards Mike Conley and Donavon Mitchell did not suit up Saturday night for the Jazz and neither did All-Star center Rudy Gobert.

Mitchell injured his ankle last Friday against the Pacers and will likely miss at least another week, so he will be out again for this contest.

Utah Jazz LogoUtah’s leading scorer has been Mitchell all season, but as they get used to life without him for the time being, guards Jordan Clarkson, Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic will need to pick up some of the scoring. Clarkson had 27 points in his first start of the season on Saturday and will need another strong outing against his former team.

That is, if the Jazz hope to get back into the win column. Gobert, the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, will return to the paint on Monday after missing Saturday’s matchup for rest. Gobert will change the offensive game plan for Los Angeles in this one, likely making it almost an entirely different game.

Los Angeles Lakers LogoThe Lakers are getting closer to having their dynamic duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis back, but not just yet. Coach Frank Vogel mentioned last week that there was a small chance Davis would return to the court for Monday’s matchup, but Davis was officially ruled out on Sunday upon further evaluation.

Los Angeles was led by Andre Drummond on Saturday with 27 points, but he likely will see a decrease in production while going up against Gobert in the rematch. The majority of the scoring load has fallen on guard Dennis Schroder since the injury to James and Davis, with Schroder scoring 19 or more points in four of the last five games.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Utah Jazz

-7 (-105) -270 O 214 (-110)
Los Angeles Lakers +7 (-115) +220 U 214 (-110)

This line opened at -5 due to the possibility of Davis returning to the Lakers starting lineup, but quickly fell to 6.5 once he was ruled out. Utah may be without Mitchell, but they are the deeper team regardless.

Please Note:
They should be well-rested for this one considering the two best players on the court for them tonight did not go in the prior meeting. The Jazz are the better team and with the Suns less than two games back of them for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference standings, they know they cannot afford to be giving games away down the home stretch.

Back the Jazz to cover up to eight points on Monday in a game they should win comfortably by double digits.

The Bet
Jazz -7 (Take up to -8)

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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Joe Menzer / Author

Joe is an award-winning writer and editor who has covered the NBA, NFL, NASCAR, golf, various collegiate athletics and other sports for newspapers, Turner Sports, Fox Sports and ESPN. He has been on the beat for seven Super Bowls, six Daytona 500s and numerous NBA playoff series and All-Star Games. He once was dispatched to Rome, Italy to spend time with an NBA draft choice who opted to play overseas, after which he produced an award-winning series of stories. He also is passionate about fantasy sports and breaking down games in ways that even novice gamblers can use to make their most intelligent wagering decisions.

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