Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 2/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+6.5)
Vivint Arena is the site where and the Utah Jazz (25-6) will take on the Los Angeles Lakers (22-10) on Wednesday. Utah opens this matchup as 6.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 220.5.
The Los Angeles Lakers stepped onto the hardwood against the Washington Wizards and went home with a loss by a final score of 127-124 in their last game. Los Angeles wrapped up the contest having earned a 47.1% FG percentage (49 out of 104) and made 15 out of their 44 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Lakers buried 11 of their 17 tries for a percentage of 64.7%. Regarding rebounding, they compiled a total of 45 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 29 assists for this contest as well as earning 9 steals and 11 rejections. When discussing defending, Los Angeles allowed 49.0% from the floor on 47 out of 96 shooting. Washington dished out 25 dimes and had 9 steals in this matchup. Moreover, the Wizards collected 49 rebounds (5 offensive, 44 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Washington finished the game at 72.7% at the charity stripe by making 24 of 33 shots. They also converted 9 of their 25 shots from three-point range.
LeBron James is one guy who was a contributor in the game. He ended up with 31 points on 14 out of 29 shooting. He was on the court for 43:15 mins and totaled 9 rebounds. James ended up going 48.3% from the floor and also earned 13 assists. Another guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the Lakers was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He snagged 3 boards and also accounted for 2 dimes. He finished 53.3% from the floor in the game by connecting on 8-of-15 (21 points). When the game finished, Caldwell-Pope played 39:53 minutes.
Los Angeles will play this game with a win-loss record of 22-10 this year. The Lakers are shooting 35.4% on 3-pointers (351 of 991) and 75.0% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 112.2 pts per contest (18th in the NBA) while hitting 48.3% from the floor. They turn the ball over 15.3 times per game and as a unit they commit 18.8 personal fouls every game. As a team, Los Angeles is grabbing 45.2 boards per game and has racked up 797 dimes on the season, which ranks 7th in the league in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Lakers are forcing 14.5 turnovers per game and they draw 21.8 personal fouls. The Lakers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 45.1% (465 of 698) and they concede 41.9 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are 24th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 791 conceded on the season. They are conceding 35.1% from 3-point land while they are 2nd in the league in PPG from their opponents (106.2).
The last time they took the court, the Utah Jazz went home victorious with a score of 132-110 when they faced the Charlotte Hornets. The Jazz were able to snag 37 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 in the matchup. They also blocked 7 shots while recording 7 steals in this matchup. The Hornets were called for 17 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Jazz to the free throw line for 17 shots. They were able to knock down 14 of those for a clip of 82.4%. Concerning shooting from distance, Utah buried 28 of 55 attempts (50.9%). When the final whistle was blown, the Jazz ended up going 45 out of 85 from the field which gave them a percentage of 52.9%. The Jazz allowed the Hornets to make 41 out of 89 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.1% in this matchup. They went 30.6% from 3-point land by going 11 of 36 and ended up going 17 out of 21 at the free throw line (81.0%). When it comes to how they rebounded, Utah permitted Charlotte to collect 35 overall (8 on the offensive side).
Donovan Mitchell ended up being important for the Jazz for the contest. He made 8 of 17 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 47.1%, which earned him 23 points. Mitchell grabbed 4 rebounds in his 33:12 minutes of time on the hardwood and accounted for 8 dimes in this contest. Someone else who came through for Utah was Mike Conley. He ended up with 15 points in 29:20 mins on the court by way of 4 out of 11 shooting in this matchup. Conley wrapped this one up going 36.4% from the field in addition to contributing 5 dimes and 2 rebounds.
Utah has a record of 25-6 this year. The Jazz are committing 18.9 fouls every game and they connect on 78.0% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 23.5 times per contest (21st in the NBA) and they are turning it over 14.6 times per game. Utah has accounted for 3,597 pts for the campaign (116.0 per contest) and they snag 48.2 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Jazz are connecting on 46.9% from the field, which ranks them 12th in basketball. The Jazz are ranked 3rd in the NBA in PPG given up with 106.4. They are forcing 11.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.2% from the floor (3rd in the league). The Utah defense allows 35.0% on shots from 3-point land (340 of 971) and opponents are connecting on 77.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 21.8 dimes and 41.8 total rebounds per game, which is 1st and 3rd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+6.5)
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