Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz Preview: Return of Hollywood

Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz Preview: Return of Hollywood

by Alma Bean

Feature Image: Photo by Trent Nelson of The Salt Lake Tribune.

The Utah Jazz (8-3) return home for a single game to take on the Los Angeles Lakers (2-7) before going back on the road.

What to Look For

Utah is coming off of some great wins in Los Angeles against the Lakers and Clippers. In their last game, Utah managed to win without their fire under the rim, Jarred Vanderbilt. With his health in question, players like Walker Kessler may need to provide an unlikely fire in Vivint Arena. Since Utah is starting to see its injury report begin to shrink, NBA fans may be able to see how much of a threat the Utah team can truly be. With their hot start, now the question remains, will they continue their Cinderella story or will they meet the expectations of a tanking team sooner rather than later? If Utah wins tonight, it will bring their home record to 5-0 on the season.

Los Angeles is coming to Utah to get a quick break before returning home for five straight games. After suffering a loss at home to former Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, LeBron James and the Lakers are looking to end their losing tendencies. With their first matchup against Utah, Los Angeles will probably have three things on its mind to pull out a win. They need to stop their ability to score, outrebound and prevent consistent ball movement. Those three traits made Los Angeles look out of shape and ready to throw in the white towel. Now that they’re on the road, Los Angeles will look to get their first win on the road this season.

Injury Report

Los Angeles- LeBron James: Out (foot), Patrick Beverley: Out (non-COVID illness), Thomas Bryant: Out (UCL), Dennis Schroder: Out (UCL), Lonnie Walker IV: Out (non-COVID illness), Cole Swider: Out (G League), Anthony Davis: Probable (back)

Utah- Jarred Vanderbilt: Questionable (hip)

Where to Watch?

Tonight’s game has a late tip-off at 8:15 PM MST. You can catch the game on AT&T SportsNet.

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