Fixture: Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz
Date & Time: Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 9:00 PM ET (Thursday, 2:00 AM GMT)
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City.
Lakers’ 10-game winning streak might have come to an end on Sunday, but they still have the best record in the league. The Lakers were blown away by a 20-year old Luka Doncic in the game against Dallas Mavericks that ended their winnings streak. The Lakers however bounced back with a win over the next best team in the Conference Denver Nuggets. On Wednesday, the will be playing the second of their back-to-back games against Utah Jazz.
Utah’s form came down a little after an impressive start to the season. Utah will be coming into the game having lost four of their last five games, and two of their last two games. They dp in recent form saw them go to sixth place with a win-loss record of 12-9 in a tight Western Conference. However, their impressive home record of 8-1 in the season so far will give them confidence coming into the game on Wednesday.
Injury updates & team news-
Injuries: Mike Conley (Hamstring)- Out
Expected starting line up: Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley Jr., Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale, Rudy Gobert
If one misses, you can bet the other won’t ?✖️〰️ pic.twitter.com/sjjIc0h38B
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 4, 2019
Los Angeles Lakers-
Injuries: Kyle Kuzma (Ankle)- Probable, Avery Bradley (Lower leg)- Out, DeMarcus Cousins (KNee)- Out
The major advantage for the Utah team will be a possibility of the Lakers players feeling fatigued playing two back to back matches at locations of high altitudes. LeBron James isn’t getting any younger and Anthony Davis will be coming after playing an almost full game through illness. Frank Vogel might have to manage the work load of his two star players keeping in mind the long season ahead, although he might have wished for an easier opponent. In spite of work load, the duo will still be important for the Lakers on Wednesday and should influence the game significantly if Lakers were to win.
For the team from Utah, Donovan Mitchell has been averaging 24.5 point per game although he has been struggling off late. Utah will want him to find his good form to extend their home record to nine wins in the season, However, it looks an extremely uphill task to beat the Lakers.