Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz 4/9/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz 4/9/23
Sun 9th April 2023

The Los Angeles Lakers (42-39, 22-18 Home) welcome the Utah Jazz (37-44, 14-26 Away) Sunday at Arena. Utah is playing on back-to-back days after topping the Denver Nuggets 118-114 at Vivint Arena yesterday.

With 28 points, Ochai Agbaji was the leading scorer. Kris Dunn added 19 points, 14 assists, and eight rebounds. The Jazz are 12th in the Western Conference. Los Angeles found victory on Friday at Arena, beating the Phoenix Suns 121-107.

D’Angelo Russell topped the scoresheet with 24 points. With 14 points, 21 rebounds, and three blocks, Anthony Davis also had a strong game. The Lakers are the seventh seed in the Western Conference. This marks the final meeting of the season between the teams.

Los Angeles will be looking to level the season series after coming out on top in only one of the three previous matchups, including a 135-133 overtime victory at Vivint Arena on Tuesday. LeBron James led the Lakers with 37 points and six assists.

Kelly Olynyk had 23 points and seven assists in defeat. The Jazz have been led this season by Lauri Markkanen, who is averaging 25.6 points per game. Markkanen also has grabbed 8.6 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Jordan Clarkson is dishing 4.4 assists.

Austin Reaves and Dennis Schroder have been the primary providers for the Lakers on offense, averaging 13.0 and 12.6 points per game, respectively. Schroder also has tallied 4.5 assists per game. Wenyen Gabriel has averaged 4.2 rebounds per game.

The Lakers have had success in recent meetings between the teams at Arena, winning six of the last 10. Meanwhile, the Jazz are 4-10 when playing the second of a back-to-back this season and 3-5 in such games against rested opponents.

The Lakers are 8-5 with a rest advantage. Utah is 2-8 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -7.4 (114.8-122.2). Los Angeles has gone 8-2 over the last 10, scoring 120.9 points per game on average while allowing 114.0 (+6.9 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Talen Horton-Tucker: 40.3 | 17.8 | +22.6
Points per game:
Talen Horton-Tucker: 27.7 | 10.7 | +16.9
Rebounds per game:
Kelly Olynyk: 11.0 | 6.2 | +4.8
Assists per game:
Talen Horton-Tucker: 7.3 | 3.8 | +3.5


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Austin Reaves: 28.0 | 19.3 | +8.7
Jarred Vanderbilt: 10.8 | 17.8 | -7.0
Points per game:
Austin Reaves: 20.6 | 13.0 | +7.6
Rebounds per game:
Jarred Vanderbilt: 4.2 | 7.5 | -3.3

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LA Lakers -16.5 (-105)

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