It’s the first time this season that the Los Angeles Lakers host the Utah Jazz at home. Previously the Lakers had visited the Jazz in Utah, but that first visit was not very pleasant, since the Lakers lost by more than 15 points, that day was pure happiness for the Jazz fans. The visiting team arrives hoping to keep the place in the conference and reach the playoffs.
Utah Jazz: playoffs and conference finals.
Utah Jazz 43 wins and 33 losses, # 4 place in the Western Conference, is the best place for Jazz at the conference, they almost secured their pass for the Playoffs, and it is not advisable to lose this game against a weak Lakers. Playing on the road for Utah Jazz has been complicated, they have just won 48.7% of the games on the road.
Ricky Rubio will not be available for this game, it’s an unfortunate low, Ricky has a hamstring injury and probably can not play even 5 minutes. The only important injured is Ricky since the team can not take advantage of 13.10 points on average that Ricky usually brings to the team in each game. At least, Mitchell, Gobert and Ingles are healthy and ready to score some buckets.
103.9 points on average on the road, with a 46% effectiveness field goal, 79.3% free throw, 38.20% three pointers and 8.95 offensive rebounds. The good thing about Utah Jazz is that during January, February and March they had an unexpected recovery for the games on the road, the team won a total of 12 consecutive games, it was an incredible winning streak, the streak included teams like: Raptors, Spurs , Trail Blazers and Mavericks.
Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball not playing.
It has not yet been confirmed 100% if Lonzo Ball is playing against the Utah Jazz at home, but it is more likely that Lonzo will not play and he will miss another game, besides this game is not necessary and the coach should not risk Lonzo against the Jazz. The truth is that this game should not affect the current record of the Lakers, likewise they have no way of reaching the playoffs.
This season at home for Los Angeles Lakers is not much to emphasize, just a winning streak of 9 games, in addition to that the winning ration percentage has remained at 51.3% at home. The average points have not exceeded 107.3 points per game, and free throws have been only 71.4% effective.
With all the details about the teams, I can imagine Utah Jazz going over the Los Angeles Lakers, I do not think the Lakers have the players to win tonight, they just can not penetrate the Utah Jazz defense, which is much stronger and despite not having the best record on the road, they need to win and the Lakers do not need it.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz today on 8/3/2018 is: Take the Utah Jazz (moneyline)
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