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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz odds, picks and best bets

Marcus Mosher
Sportsbook Wire

The Los Angeles Lakers (50-15) will take on the Utah Jazz (42-24) Monday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena in Reunion, Fla., for a 9 p.m. ET tip-off. We analyze the Lakers-Jazz NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets.

Lakers vs. Jazz: Key injuries

Lakers

  • PG Rajon Rondo (thumb) out
  • PF Anthony Davis (eye) probable
  • SF LeBron James (groin) probable
  • PF Kyle Kuzma (ankle) probable

Jazz

  • SF Bojan Bogdanovic (wrist) out
  • SF Royce O'Neale (foot) questionable

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Lakers vs. Jazz: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips

NBA odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Odds last updated at 10 a.m. ET.

Prediction

Lakers 111, Jazz 106

Moneyline (ML)

The LAKERS (-278) are big favorites over the Jazz (+220) Monday night in Orlando. After losing to the Toronto Raptors Saturday night, the Lakers will likely play with more urgency as they look to wrap up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference with a win.

Utah, on the other hand, needs this game as well to avoid being the No. 6 seed in the conference. They are currently a half-game up on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The moneyline bet for the Lakers doesn't present a lot of value, but the point spread is so large that this may be a better bet if you want to take Los Angeles.

Line/Against the Spread (ATS)

The Lakers -6.5 (-110) open this contest as big favorites over the JAZZ +6.5 (-110) Monday night. While the numbers say to bet against Utah to cover this spread (3-9 ATS in their last 12 games), the Jazz match up well with the Lakers due to their size and guard play. Considering this spread is so large, it's not hard to envision scenarios in which the Jazz only lose by a basket or two.

With both of these teams really needing this game, it's highly unlikely one team pulls away from the other. For that reason, take the Jazz to keep this within a few baskets and don't be surprised if they were to even win this game outright.

Over/Under (O/U)

The total for this Western Conference matchup is set at 217.5 points. Both Los Angeles and Utah have allowed fewer than 108 points per game this season and both sides excel in cleaning up the glass on the defensive end.

In the NBA bubble, both teams have struggled to get their shots going as the Lakers have yet to score more than 103 points and the Jazz are averaging only 100 points in Orlando. Expect the pace of this game to be slower and for the UNDER 217.5 (-110) to hit.

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