Things are getting drastic for a team that is going through a rough patch at the worst possible time of the regular season, still trying to enter the post-season with some sense of momentum – and then there is the Lakers. Amazingly, it is Los Angeles who can sweep the series against the Jazz tonight in Salt Lake City. Los Angeles is on a free-fall, dropping seven of 10 and three straight games, now sitting at the 11th spot out of the play-in game. To make matters even worse for Los Angeles, neither LeBron James nor Anthony Davis is expected to play against the Jazz. Malik Monk should continue to start, especially with James absent tonight.
The Jazz dropped their fifth straight game Tuesday night against the Clippers after blowing a fourth-quarter lead. Utah has lost six of the last 10 and is trying desperately to stay in the fifth seed out West. They are tied with Denver but have the edge and are just two games ahead of the Timberwolves for the top play-in seed. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert will be on the floor tonight, as the Jazz are heavy home favorites. Bojan Bogdanovic is expected to return from injury against the Lakers as Utah continues to get healthier moving towards the playoffs. They will not have Hassan Whiteside off the bench, as he is out with a foot injury.
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Jazz -4.5 First Quarter: -110 (FanDuel)
Things have been so miserable for the Jazz that they could not afford to take a G-League team lightly, let alone this banged-up Lakers team. If Utah were cruising their way into the playoffs it would be harder to counter them coming out sluggish, but the issues have been blowing later leads for the Jazz and trying to finish off lesser teams. This bet on OddsShopper takes out the remaining pressure of a struggling team to close out a game and only asks them to come out sharp in the first quarter against a team down their top two stars. Russell Westbrook is not going to lead the Lakers to a first-quarter victory, and neither is Monk or anyone else on that team. The Jazz are desperate and will come out of the gate firing. Be it Mitchell, Bogdanovic or Mike Conley, expect a heavy dose of 3-point artillery to open this game.
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Mike Conley Over 1.5 3-Pointers: -155 (DraftKings)
There should be plenty of opportunities for the Jazz to shoot 3’s against the Lakers tonight. Los Angeles is not particularly good at defending the perimeter and the Jazz have four solid options in the starting lineup alone. Awesemo projects Conley to finish with 2.4 made 3’s tonight, which is supported by OddsShopper posting a 70% chance of hitting. The xROI sits at 15% as there is a significant number of -155, but Conley should actively step into the role of shooter tonight against an ailing Lakers team.
Russell Westbrook Over 6.5 Assists: +110 (FanDuel)
The Lakers may have little choice but to ensure that Westbrook gets as many shots for his teammates as possible. Westbrook is not a knockdown shooter, will have plenty of defensive pressure on him and can still create some valuable spacing for any shooter on the floor. He can also open up cutting lanes by getting to the basket. OddsShopper has a 54% chance of hitting this prop, backed with an 18% xROI on the play. Awesemo’s free projection has Westbrook finishing with 7.1 dimes against the Jazz.
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Donovan Mitchell Over 24.5 Points: -135 (DraftKings)
Utah needs some consistent scoring and to build an immediate lead. There is no better player on their team to do this than Mitchell, who should come out firing from everywhere on the floor. Awesemo has him projected for three full points higher than the total at 27.6 points. OddsShopper also likes this play, with a 64% chance of hitting and a decent 11% xROI. This can be used in any Same Game Parlay, including with either Conley going over 13.5 points or Westbrook going over 20.5 points. Both are confident plays on OddsShopper, just not as strong as Mitchell.
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