Los Angeles Lakers will look for their first win of the new season when they host Utah Jazz in game-2 at Staples Center. The Showtime suffered a chastening defeat against cross-city rivals Los Angeles Clippers in the season opener. Kawhi Leonard and Co. were far better than what the 102-112 scoreline would suggest. Now Lakers know that they have a lot of work to do, even after Anthony Davis' signing.
Utah Jazz, meanwhile, got the better of Oklahoma City Thunder in their first NBA game of the season, beating the OKC 100-95 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
What competition it is? NBA Regular Season
The match will be played between the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz at Staples Center. The arena has a capacity of 21,000.
Match Day: October 26, 2019, @ 08:00 AM IST
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Stats from the last game:
Lakers | Jazz
Points: 102 | 100
Points Against: 112 | 95
Field Goals%: 43.5 | 44.4
3-Point%: 39.4 | 25
Free Throws%: 70.1 | 71.4
Rebounds: 41 | 49
Assists: 20 | 15
Turnovers: 15 | 11
Steals: 04| 04
Blocks: 07| 05
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Players to watch out for: (Captain options)
Donovan Mitchell: Scored a game-high 32 points and a double-double in the last game.
LeBron James: Was a bit rusty against the Clippers. But he is once in a generation kind of player. Will be back
Anthony Davis: Was good in game-1. He is expected to lead the scoring charts for Lakers this season.
Rudy Gobert: Not many players in the NBA who can dominate the rim as much as he can.
LAL vs UTA Dream11 Combination:
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LAL vs UTA Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Los Angeles Lakers:
Rajon Rondo didn't play in Lakers' season opener against Los Angeles Clippers with a calf injury. But the 16-time champions have upgraded Rondo to questionable ahead of this game, which means the player will be assessed before the game and will be involved if passed match fit.
In addition, Kyle Kuzma remains out on the sideline with an ankle injury. The 24-year-old forward missed Lakers' preseason with the same issue. However, he has returned to light training and could be involved in a couple of weeks.
Another star player, DeMarcus Cousins (knee injury) is out with a long-term injury, along with Talen Horton-Tucker (foot injury).
Dante Exum has been ruled out for Utah Jazz with a knee injury. But the more concerning news for Jazz is Bojan Bogdanovic's injury. The 30-year-old suffered a sprain in the left ankle in the first quarter against Oklahoma City Thunder. He is a doubt for this match.
Squads for this match:
Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Jared Dudley, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels, Danny Green, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Zach Norvell, Rajon Rondo
Utah Jazz: Rudy Gober, Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Tony Bradley, Royce O'Neale, Joe Ingles, Dante Exum, Georges Niang, Miye Oni, Bojan Bogdanović, Jarrell Brantle, Justin Wright-Foreman, Nigel Williams-Goss, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jeff Green, Ed Davis, Stanton Kidd
LAL vs UTA Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
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INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Los Angeles Lakers' 47-year history ar Oracle Arena is ending with Game-6 as the Dubs are changing their base. Expect the home fans to be as boisterous as the fans can be.
A win for the Warriors is our call.