The Utah Jazz will be on the road this Sunday night, December 9 for a betting matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers that is set to take place at Staples Center, with tip off schedule for 9:35 PM EST.
The Oddsmakers have set the line listing the home team Lakers as a -6 1/2 point favorite, while posting the over/under total at 205 1/2 points.
The Jazz are coming into this contest with an 11-10 straight up record, but they have not performed well against the spread so far this season. Overall, against the spread, the Jazz are 9-11-1 ATS and when playing on the road they are a poor 3-8-1 against the spread in 12 games.
Meanwhile, the Lakers, who were projected to reach the NBA Finals this season are 9-11 straight up and against the spread. At home, they own a mediocre 6-6 ATS record and when listed as the favorite this season, they have managed 8 point spread covers compared to six losses.
The Jazz are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games when facing teams in the Western Conference and 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games played on the road.
Utah has gone over the posted total in five of their last seven games versus teams in the Western Conference.
The Lakers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games played on a Sunday, but are only 1-4 against the spread in their last five games playing on one day’s rest.
Thirteen of the Lakers last seventeen games played on a Sunday have gone over the posted total.
The Lakers desperately need to get back on track and what better way to do it then in front of their hometown fans at the Staples Center.
Lakers – 6 1/2
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