The Los Angeles Lakers will try their hand at bouncing back after a disappointing loss to the Toronto Raptors when they descend upon the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. A back-to-back might not be a bad thing for a young team this early in the season, something the group alluded to when they opened the year with two straight games.
The Lakers had solid defensive stretches against Toronto, but a lack of offense from the starters bogged down their effort through the second half. It continues to look like a mystery as to where the Lakers will find points on a nightly basis.
Lonzo Ball looks uncomfortable as a scorer still. He’ll have to do more than notch five points, even if he’s filling the stat sheet elsewhere. This also falls on Brandon Ingram who continues to have an up-and-down Sophomore season. He shows signs of what he can become, then reminds us what he currently is.
The Jazz lean on their defense even more than past years now that Gordon Hayward is gone, which is both good and bad for the Lakers. This shouldn’t turn into a shootout, which means the purple and gold’s defense should be at least alright against one of the bottom offenses in the league.
On the other hand, LA’s offense has a way of disappearing as well, and Rudy Gobert protecting the paint will be a problem for players like Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr., who like to eat around the rim.
More Lakers basketball on the way! Enjoy the game!
Time: 6 p.m. PT
TV: Spectrum SportsNet