The Jazz and Lakers meet this Saturday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Utah Jazz are in a very good form, as all season. They’ve won 13 of their last 16 games. They are averaging 117 points on 46.6% shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 44.6% shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 26.5 points and 5.3 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 17.2 points and 2.2 assists. Mike Conley is the third double-digit scorer with 16.4 points and Rudy Gobert is adding 14.4 points and 13.6 rebounds per game.
As a team, the Jazz are shooting 38.9% from 3’s and 79.2% from the free throw line.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have spilt their last 12 games. They’re averaging 110.2 points on 47.6% shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 45.3% shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.4 points and 7.9 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 22.5 points and 3 assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer with 15.2 points and Montrezl Harrell is 14.2 points.
As a team, the Lakers are shooting 35.7% from 3’s and 74.2% from the free throw line.
The Jazz have the best record in this regular season so far, 42-14. They’re on the end of a back to back and are likely be out without Donovan Mitchell who badly turned his ankle in yesterday match against the Pacers. On the other side, the Lakers are rested, at home, and while they’ve been hit or miss without AD and LeBron, they are improving as a team. Nevertheless, I believe that it will not be enough to beat the Nº1 team in the West even without Donovan. I’ll go with Utah.