The second week of NBA restart’s action tips-off with a six-game card Monday. The slate is headlined by a Toronto Raptors versus Miami Heat matinee and a head-to-head between rookie superstars F Zion Williamson and PG Ja Morant when New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies meet.
Lakers -2.5 (-134) first-half spread vs. Utah
Utah Jazz has struggled out the gate in both of their restart games. They ended up pulling out a 106-104 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans on the restart’s opening night but were down 12 points heading into halftime. Their next game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was a blasting where the Jazz were down 24 points after the first half.
The most concerning thing about Utah currently is how they’ll make up for the loss of their second-leading scorer, SF Bojan Bogdanović. He has been great for the Jazz this season averaging 20.2 points per game on .414% from three and a .603 True Shooting %.
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Los Angeles Lakers has won and covered both of their games versus the Jazz this season.
In the first matchup, the Lakers stifled Utah, holding them to just 37 first-half points and had a six-point cushion heading into half time. The second game was an all-out beating administered by the Lakers, that had the Jazz down 18 points after the first half, and ended 121-96.
Furthermore, the Lakers are a much better first-half team than the Jazz. Los Angeles’ average first-half margin is 4.6-points while Utah has a 1.3-point first-half margin.
Another thing I look forward to seeing are bounce-back games for LeBron James and Anthony Davis rolling in this game. Both of them had below-average outings in their 15-point loss to the Toronto Raptors Saturday. Since the Lakers have pretty much locked up the 1-seed in the West, their goal should be to get LeBron and AD to find a rhythm early but sit late.
Expect the Lakers to pounce on the Jazz early and COVER -2.5 (-134) in the first half.
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