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#517 Utah Jazz vs.
#518 Los Angeles Lakers
Monday, April 19, 2021 at 10:05pm EDT
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Written by The Admiral

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Utah Jazz (42-15) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (35-22)

The Utah Jazz look to continue their stranglehold on the top record in the NBA when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. Utah lost in overtime to the Lakers on Saturday, 127-115, the fourth loss in the last eight games for this team. The Lakers victory continues a pattern of alternating wins and losses for the team over their last 11 games.

The Lakers are 6-4 and the last 10 meetings between these teams, winning five of the last six.

Jazz Fall in OT

Los Angeles outscored Utah by 12 in the overtime session to defeat the Jazz, 127-115. All five starters scored in double digits for Utah, including Jordan Clarkson who led the team with 27 points. Clarkson hit 11 of 27 shots, including five of 15 from the three-point range. Joe Ingles recorded a double-double with 20 points and 14 assists.

Utah is third in scoring at 117.0 ppg and is fifth in points allowed at 107.9 per contest. They are shooting 46.6% from the field and 38.9% from the three-point range, fourth overall. The team is doing great at the free-throw line as well, hitting 79.3% of their shots, eighth overall. They are second in defensive rebounds (37.5), fourth in offensive rebounds (10.8), and first in total rebounds (48.3).

Donovan Mitchell is a leading scorer for this team (26.4 ppg), but he is out until mid-May with an ankle injury. Mike Conley (16.4 ppg) is listed as probable for Monday as is center Rudy Gobert (14.4 ppg, 13.6 rpg).

Lakers Roll over Jazz in OT

Six players scored in double digits as Los Angeles shot 51.6% from the field in the victory over Utah. The team was 20 of 23 from the line, helping lead them to the win. Andre Drummond led the Lakers in scoring with 27 points, hitting 10 of 15 shots, and added eight rebounds. Dennis Schroder scored 25 points and added six rebounds and eight assists.

Los Angeles is 23rd in scoring at 110.1 points per game and is second in points allowed per game at 106.1. They are 10th in field-goal percentage at 47.5% and are shooting 35.6% from the field. Los Angeles is 10th in total rebounds at 44.8 per game.

With both Lebron James and Anthony Davis out, it has been Schroder who has been leading the way, averaging 15.4 points and 5.5 assists per game. Montrezl Harrell is averaging 14.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and Drummond has been stepping up his game at 12.2 points and 9.0 boards per contest.

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No line has been set for this contest. Los Angeles made a big statement with their victory over Utah on Saturday. The Jazz have been dominating the Western Conference for months now, but Los Angeles served notice that even without James and Davis they are still the team to beat. One can only imagine how good this team will be when those two return.

Unfortunately, Utah is not immune from the injury bug themselves. They will be without three of their top five players, and that is going to cost them in this game.

Prediction: Go with the Lakers

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The total has not been set for this game either. Los Angeles has gone over in sixth straight games when playing on one day’s rest and has gone over in six of their last seven games. These teams combined for 242 points in their last game.

Not knowing exactly what the total will be is a difficult one, but take away the overtime session and this was going to be a game where about 220 points were scored. Both of these teams are exceptional defensive clubs, so a lower scoring affair is likely in the cards.

Take Los Angeles to win, 112-108.

Prediction: Under
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