Lakers vs Jazz Fantasy NBA: This game will be the second game in the two-game set between the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz. The first game of the set went into OT and the Lakers won the thrilling contest behind a 27 points outing by Andre Drummond. More information about LAL vs UTA Dream11 will be given here.
Lakers’ season: Los Angeles Lakers have suffered major setbacks because of injuries to LeBron James and Anthony Davis, which prompted them to acquire Andre Drummond, who is still adjusting to the team rhythm but looks like a great pick in the long run. However, Kuzma, Schroeder, and Caldwell-Pope have raised their game and the veteran Morris has filled in well at the Forward spot. The Lakers have been gritty even without their many players and it showcases their depth.
Jazz season: Utah Jazz is the best team in the League and reigns supreme over the NBA Standings. They have a terrific defensive and offensive combination, with an explosive guard like Mitchell, who leads them in scoring, a terrific defender and inside player in Rudy Gobert, who leads them in rebounding, Mike Conley, who supervises the PG position and continues to be a great two-way player. The Jazz also has Bogdanovic, Ingles, and Clarkson, who can all shoot and provide quality offense, that is why they are difficult to beat for the rest of the teams.
Host: Los Angeles Lakers
Visitors: Utah Jazz
Match Timing: 20 April, @ 07:30
Venue: Staples Center
Streaming: WATCH Lakers vs Jazz NBA Live on Sony channels including Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 3 and Sony ESPN in India, and SonyLiv App
NBA Projections and Analysis:
Los Angeles Lakers| Utah Jazz
Games: 57 | 57
Wins: 35 | 42
Defeats: 22| 15
Los Angeles Lakers team News:
Status out: Anthony Davis, LeBron James, and Jared Dudley are ruled out for the fixture
Status Questionable: Marc Gasol, Markieff Morris, and Andre Drummond are ‘probable’ for the game.
Los Angeles Lakers active roster: Dennis Schroeder, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Devontae Cacok, Andre Drummond, Montrezl Harrell, Talen Horton-Tucker, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Alex Caruso, Marc Gasol, Wesley Mathews, Alfonzo McKinnie, Markieff Morris.
Utah Jazz team News:
Status Out: Donovan Mitchell and Udoka Azubuike have been ruled out so far for the Utah Jazz.
Status Questionable: Derrick Favors, Mike Conley, Ersan Ilyasova, and Rudy Gobert are all “Game Time Decisions”.
Utah Jazz active roster: Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rudy Gobert, Miye Oni, Joe Ingles, Royce O’ Neale, Jordan Clarkson, Jarrell Brantley, Nigel Williams-Goss Trent Forest, Georges Niang.
Andre Drummond(Since joining Lakers):
Drummond has been still adjusting to the game after sitting out for long, but during the last game, he produced 27 points and 8 rebounds, indicating that he is on his way to full rhythm. It is scary to think what will happen once he, James, and Davis will play together. The Lakers seem to have made a masterful move by acquiring such a dangerous rebounder and scorer. He can be an option as the Super-Player in the Dream11 NBA scenario.
One of the reasons why the Lakers have been a competitive team without their two main players is Dennis Schroeder, who has stepped up his game, in terms of scoring, defending, and assisting, He has given the Lakers some sense of stability amidst the flood of injuries and has averaged 7.8 APG since the month began.
Since March, Kyle has averaged close to 16 PPG and has made most of his minutes. Kuzma’s minutes reduced with the arrival of Anthony Davis a couple of years back, and he was seeing a reduction in his usage this season, but then turned up some substantial returns when he was asked to start at the Forward.
Jordan Clarkson: PPG: 17.4 RPG: 4.0 TPG: 1.7 PFP: 27
Clarkson is the offensive threat off the bench, who can dissect defense with great handles, finishing, and shooting. His chops have helped him to become a candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year Award and things are clicking for him in this squad.
Mike Conley: PPG: 16.5 APG: 5.6 RPG: 3.4 SPG: 1.3 TPG: 1.9 PFP: 35
Conley’s production and stability at the PG position as both an offensive and defensive player, ala Chris Paul, has given the Utah Jazz a lot of boosts this season. He is averaging 7.5 APG for the last 5 games.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: PPG: 9.2 TPG: 1.0 PFP: 28
Pope has seen an increase in his touches and has become a prolific contributor on the offensive end lately, averaging 13.8 PPG this month so far.
Bojan Bogdanovic: PPG: 15.4 RPG: 4.0 TPG: 1.5 PFP: 25
Joe Ingles: PPG: 12.1 RPG: 4.3 APG: 3.7 TPG: 1.6 PFP: 26
PG: D Schroeder(PP), J Clarkson
SG: K Caldwell-Pope
SF: B Bogdanovic, J Ingles
PF: K Kuzma, R O’Neale
C: A Drummond(SP)