The Utah Jazz have suffered back-to-back losses only three times this season and attempt to avoid a fourth when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night in the back end of a two-game set. NBA-leading Utah (42-15) staged a furious fourth-quarter comeback Saturday, only to wilt in overtime and absorb its ninth straight defeat in the extra session dating to January 2018. Los Angeles (35-22) has alternated wins and losses in its last 10 games and sits in fifth place in the Western Conference. LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (calf) remain out for Los Angeles. Donovan Mitchell (ankle) is out for Utah.
Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET at Staples Center. William Hill Sportsbook lists Utah as a 5.5-point favorite while the over-under for total points scored is 214 in the latest Jazz vs. Lakers odds. Before making any Lakers vs. Jazz picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Jazz vs. Lakers spread: Jazz -5.5
- Jazz vs. Lakers over-under: 214 points
- Jazz vs. Lakers money line: Jazz -270; Lakers +230
- UTAH: The Jazz lead the league in point differential (+9.0)
- LAL: The Lakers have won the last four home meetings vs. Utah
Why the Jazz can cover
Utah managed to erase a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit Saturday despite missing three All-Star starters. While leading scorer Mitchell remains sidelined, center Rudy Gobert (knee contusion) and point guard Mike Conley (knee soreness) are listed as probable for the rematch. Gobert (18 points, nine rebounds) and Conley (14 points, eight assists) each had solid games in a 114-89 drubbing of the Lakers on Feb. 24.
Joe Ingles buried six 3-pointers en route to registering a double-double with 20 points on Saturday and a season-high 14 assists and is averaging 16.4 points over the past five games. The Jazz also received strong contributions from forwards Bojan Bogdanovic and Ersan Ilyasova. Bogdanovic is averaging 24.8 points in the last four contests after scoring 19 Saturday while seldom-used Ilyasova was 6 of 8 on 3-point attempts en route to a season-high 20 points.
Why the Lakers can cover
Los Angeles exploited the absence of Gobert by dominating the backboards in Saturday's victory with a 52-37 edge on the glass. Forward Markieff Morris (ankle) returned from a two-game injury absence and supplied a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds while center Andre Drummond added eight boards to go with his 27 points. Despite battling a toe injury, Drummond is averaging 10.6 rebounds in his last five games.
Point guard Dennis Schroder had his best offensive output in 6 1/2 weeks with 25 points on Saturday, including a tying basket in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime. He also notched eight assists and six rebounds and has committed only three turnovers in his last three games. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who is questionable for Monday (calf), matched Schroder with 25 points, knocking down five 3-pointers.
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