The Lakers are the clear favorite in their series versus the Jazz, but it may be easier for the purple and gold if Jazz center Mehmet Okur cannot go in game 1.
Utah Jazz forward Mehmet Okur is questionable for Sunday's playoff opener in Los Angeles with a strained hamstring.
Okur has been out since straining his right hamstring on Monday night against the Clippers.
He did not practice all week and sat out again Saturday in the Jazz's final workout before traveling to Los Angeles.
The Jazz say Okur will be a gametime decision, but his teammates say they aren't expecting to have Okur in the lineup.
This could dash the little hopes Utah had entering game 1.