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Lakers are Red-Hot Going into Jazz Matchup

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers (10-7 SU, 6-11 ATS) are starting to look like contenders. The jury is still out on the Utah Jazz (8-10 SU and  ATS). They’ll lock horns this Friday at Staples Center.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Utah), Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles)

Line: Lakers -2.5; O/U: 222.

The Lakers have won six of their last seven games at 4-3 ATS after getting off to a slow start in LeBron’s LA debut. James scored 51 points in his last outing, Sunday’s 113-97 win over his former employers, the Miami Heat (+1.5 at home). However, point guard Rajon Rondo broke his right hand last week and isn’t expected to return until sometime in December after undergoing successful surgery.

Los Angeles C JaVale McGee hit all six of his shots against the Cavaliers and is 22-for-31 over the past four contests.

Utah are fully healthy at this point, but they’ve split their last six games SU and ATS as they continue to struggle at both ends of the court.

Rookie of the Year runner-up Donovan Mitchell isn’t playing at quite the same level as a sophomore, hitting just 29.3% from downtown. Ricky Rubio (a career-low 35.2%) is also having difficulty from long range. As a result, the Jazz have a minus-2.5 point differential on the season, well below the Lakers at plus-1.2.

The Jazz went 3-0 against the Lakers last season and won the past seven meetings.

Utah star SG Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points against the Kings for his third 30-point outing of the campaign.

PREDICTION: Lakers 123, Jazz 107


NBA Supergrid

Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense106.2224114.7626
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense104.0024118.5029
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed42.362145.6322
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense116.244109.1111
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense118.254107.098
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed44.752243.005

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