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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

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 106.22 24 114.76 26
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 104.00 24 118.50 29
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 42.36 21 45.63 22
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 116.24 4 109.11 11
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 118.25 4 107.09 8
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 44.75 22 43.00 5

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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