The Los Angeles Lakers had a rough time against Utah's stifling defense in the last meeting between the two teams. The Lakers were held to 32.6 percent shooting from the field and an abysmal 14.3 percent shooting from three-point range. L.A. will look for a better offensive showing in the team's first trip to Salt Lake City.
Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers in scoring midway through the season, but has been inefficient averaging 17 points per game on 35 percent shooting. After struggling at the beginning of the year, Lou Williams has finally found his form with 15.3 points per game.
Jordan Clarkson's numbers have taken a drop from early in the season, but the sophomore is still putting up 15.3 points per game. D'Angelo Russell has a pedestrian stat line with 11.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, but inconsistent minutes and some minor injuries have affected his game. Despite this, Russell has shown flashes of superstardom. Julius Randle has also seen his minutes cut down, but the second-year power forward is still churning out 10.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. One thing to look for in this game is how the young Lakers will respond to the electric atmosphere in Utah.
On defense, the Lakers will have to contain Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors. Hayward leads the Jazz with 19.4 points per game and had 25 in the last contest against L.A. Favors is averaging 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for Utah.
The Lakers fought with the defending champs for three quarters before running out of gas. A similar effort against the Jazz would not only be a positive sign, but could result in a surprise road win.
Time: 6 p.m. PT
TV: TWCSN, RTRM+