The Utah Jazz are gearing up to take on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers tonight. On paper, that seems quite the task. In 2021-22, that’s about as hard as preparing for the Minnesota Timberwolves. They share a record with the Lakers (21-22).
It was a remarkably disappointing season for the Lake Show. They struggled to incorporate enigmatic point guard Russell Westbrook into their attack. For some, this outcome was predictable. Conventional wisdom has always dictated that you surround LeBron James with floor-spacing players.
Russell Westbrook does pretty much everything corn this. His dominance of the ball didn’t integrate well with James’ unique abilities as a striker. Plus, Anthony Davis struggled a lot, even though he was healthy enough to dress himself.
This may sound like a recipe for a Jazz victory (29-14). However, the Jazzmen have struggled to finish back-to-back sets in 2021-22 so far. They will have to work hard and execute their game plan in order to earn a victory in this one.
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers odds tonight
According to WynnBet, the Jazz are the 5-point favorites to win this game tonight, and the -200-point favorites on the Money Line. The Lakers are +165 Money Line point underdogs.
The over/under is currently set at 230.5 points.
Utah Jazz starting lineup
Quin Snyder will deploy his usual starting lineup tonight. Look for Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale and Rudy Gobert to be on the hardwood when the opening whistle sounds.
Utah Jazz Injury Report
Hassan Whiteside and Elijah Hughes remain within NBA health and safety protocols. Otherwise, the Jazz will get a clean bill of health for this game.
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction
Even if the Jazz are on the wrong end of a back-to-back in this contest, the safe money is on them. The Lakers have simply struggled too much this season to gain the benefit of the doubt.
It’s only fitting that every team has faced the Denver Nuggets in their last matchups. The Jazz won against the Nuggets by the score of 125-103. The Lakers weren’t so lucky. They gave up their contest against Denver 133-97.
No, you did not misread. LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers lost an NBA game by 36 points. It doesn’t seem like a stretch to predict a Utah Jazz victory over them tonight.
Prediction: Jazz 121, Lakers 108
Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers TV Channel
Los Angeles fans can turn to Spectrum SportsNet for this game. Meanwhile, Utah fans should turn to AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.
Utah Jazz schedule and next game
If the Lakers don’t pose a serious challenge, the Jazz are well-positioned for their next contest. After a night off, they will face the Houston Rockets on the 19th.
After that fight, they will face the Detroit Pistons on January 21. Their schedule takes an important turn from there: they will face the Golden State Warriors on the 23rd and the Phoenix Suns on the 24th.