Friday, October 28, 2016
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The Los Angeles Lakers travel to EnergySolutions Arena to play the Utah Jazz on Friday, October 28, 2016. The opening line for this game has Utah as 9 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 201.5.
The Lakers had an overall record of 17-65 and a road record of 5-36 last season. They were 5th in the Pacific Division. They had a point differential of -9.6 as they averaged 97.3 points per game while giving up 106.9 per contest. Los Angeles was 2-14 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 8-44. They were 2-8 in their last 10 games. The Jazz had an overall record of 40-42 and a home record of 24-17 last year. They were 3rd in the Northwest Division. They averaged 97.7 points per game and surrendered 95.9, good for a point differential of 1.8. Utah had a division record of 8-8 and a conference record of 24-28. In their last 10 games they were 5-5.
D'Angelo Russell averaged 13.2 points per game while playing 28.2 minutes per night last season for the Lakers. He pulled down 3.4 rebounds per game and dished out 3.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 41% while his free throw percentage finished at 74%. Jordan Clarkson averaged 15.5 points per game in 32.3 minutes per contest last season. He averaged 2.4 assists per contest and 4 rebounds per game for Los Angeles. His field goal percentage was 43% for the year while his free throw percentage was 80%.
Rudy Gobert averaged 9.1 points per game while playing 31.7 minutes per contest last year for the Jazz. He grabbed 11 rebounds per game and had 1.5 assists per contest for the year. His field goal percentage was 56% and his free throw percentage finished at 57%. Derrick Favors averaged 16.4 points per game last season and he saw the court an average of 32 minutes per contest. He also averaged 8.1 rebounds per contest and 1.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 52% and his free throw percentage was 71%.
Los Angeles averaged 97.3 points per contest last season which ranked them 30th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was -9.6 and their shooting percentage was 41% as a team which had them ranked 30th. Behind the arc they shot 32% which was good for 30th in the league. They averaged 51.6 rebounds per game and 18 assists per game which ranked them 18th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 11th with 13.7 per game. The Lakers allowed 106.9 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 27th in the league. They also allowed a 47% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 11th in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 55 rebounds a game which ranked 26th and they gave up 24.7 assists per contest which put them in 29th place in the league. They forced 12.6 turnovers per game which ranked them 27th in the league.
Utah averaged 97.7 points per game last year which ranked them 28th in the league. Their average scoring margin was 1.8 and their shooting percentage was 45% as a team which had them sitting in the 15th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 36% which was good for 12th in the NBA. They averaged 51.8 rebounds per game and 19 assists per contest which ranked them 15th and 28th respectively. In the turnover department the Jazz ranked 23rd with 14.9 per game. The Jazz allowed 95.9 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 2nd in the league. They also allowed a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 11th and 17th in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 48.4 rebounds a game which ranked 2nd and they gave up 19.1 assists per contest which put them in 1st place in the league. The Jazz forced 14 turnovers per game which ranked them 17th in the NBA.
The Lakers averaged 97.9 points per game on the road last season and they scored 96.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of -12.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference was -16 per contest. The Lakers had an offensive rating of 101.6 and a defensive rating of 111.6 last season. In terms of pace they averaged 95.6 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 46%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 51% and they shot 3 pointers on 29% of their shots. Los Angeles turned the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions and they forced 11.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 52%.
The Jazz scored 98.6 ppg at home and they averaged 96 points per contest in their last 3 games. They had an average scoring differential of 0.7 in their past 3 contests and at home last season they had a difference of 5.5 points per game. The Jazz rating on offense was 105.9 and they had a defensive rating of 103.9. They got 91 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempted 3 pointers on 30% of their shot attempts. Utah turned the ball over on 14.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 13.5 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 50%.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers were 36-45-1 against the spread last year
The Los Angeles Lakers were 37-45-0 against the over/under last year
Utah Jazz Betting Trends
The Utah Jazz were 41-39-2 against the spread last year
The Utah Jazz were 33-48-1 against the over/under last year
Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
10/27/16 G Jose Calderon Calf "?" Friday vs. Utah
Utah Jazz Injuries
10/27/16 F Derrick Favors Knee "?" Friday vs. LA Lakers
10/25/16 G Rodney Hood Ankle injured last game, probable Friday vs LA Lakers
10/24/16 PG Alec Burks Ankle out indefinitely
10/07/16 G Gordon Hayward Finger out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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