Lakers At Jazz: Betting Preview & Free Pick

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The Utah Jazz welcome in the Los Angels Lakers on this Wednesday, November 7 in a betting matchup that is set to tip off at 9:00PM EST from the Energy Solutions Arena. The line on this game posted by Bookmaker.eu has the home team favored by -3 1/2, with an over/under total sitting at 196 1/2 points. With all the offseason moves made by the Lakers, no one could have expected them to be underdogs this early in the season – on the road against the Jazz. But, that is certainly the case as Kob Bryant and company have stumbled out of the gate to start the 2012/13 campaign and have not live up to their top billing status. Meanwhile, the Jazz have their own struggles to deal with, but one major bright spot is their play on the boards. They are tied for second in the league (Cleveland) with an amazing 56 offensive rebounds thus far. They have also put out a competitive effort in all of their losses; and hung around throughout their games, but came up on the losing end in 3 of their first 4 games to start the season. A Few Trends The Lakers are 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 games played on a Wednesday, but only 1-5-1 in their last seven games overall. The Jazz are only 2-7 in their last 9 games played against the Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 against teams in the Pacific Division. Free Pick The Lakers are a better team than the Jazz, and in a spot when they are listed as underdogs, bettors need to take advantage. Make your play on the Lakers at +3 1/2 to cover the point spread against the Jazz. Follow us on Twitter @ bballbet PJ Laferla is a practicing freelance writer, professional handicapper, and the founder of SportsInput.com. If you are interested in hiring PJ Laferla for freelance writing or for winning picks against the spread, please submit all inquires to PJ@sportsinput.com.