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