UTA vs LAL Dream11: Utah Jazz host Los Angeles Lakers in the matchup between the two Western Conference teams, at Vivint Smart Home Arena, on Thursday morning. Both the teams are witnessing a change in their fortunes, with the Lakers up and running for the season, and looks untenably relentless both in defence and offence, while the Jazz are confounding with their inconsistency.
Who will win today match: Form and the recent result:
Utah Jazz: As mentioned above, the Jazz are a bit short of expectations this season. This was supposed to be the campaign where the roster finally delivers on its promises, but it has been a case of flash in the pan with the team hardly stringing together a noticeable run. The return of 12-9 on the season may look more than decent, considering the deficit between them and the 9th placed Sacramento Kings in three games now, but it's more down to other teams struggling than the Jazz upping their own ceiling.
The home team will look to end its two-game skid here. But can they do?
Los Angeles Lakers: Talking about the ceiling, the Lakers seem to have inflated their own on exponential scales. There are no qualms about Lakers' playoff pedigree. Now nobody can doubt that the Showtime are back big time, and are a genuine threat to every team looking to win the ultimate thing. No preposterous suggestions or the case of getting carried away, with Lakers' current run and start to the season being a pretext to everything doubting whether LeBron James can carry the team forward at this age. Well he is, but he has an All-Star, a superstar in Anthony Davis beside to take some responsibility off his shoulders.
Total Games: 226
Utah Jazz: 79
Los Angeles Lakers: 147
Host: Utah Jazz
Visitors: Los Angeles Lakers
Match Timing: December 05, @07:30 AM
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena
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Anthony Davis: Had another monstrous game as he dropped a magnificent double-double against Nikila Jokic's Denver Nuggets in the last game. The 26-year-old power-forward is unstoppable when on the song.
Points Per Game: 26.0
Rebounds Per Game: 9.3
Assists Per Game: 3.3
Steals Per Game: 1.4
Blocks Per Game: 2.7
Lebron James: With him, it has always been the case of how good he wants to be on a specific, well more often not certainly. The four-time NBA MVP is a safe bet to be your captain in this game.
Points Per Game: 25.6
Rebounds Per Game: 7.1
Assists Per Game: 10.8
Steals Per Game: 1.4
Blocks Per Game: 0.6
Donovan Mitchell: Still only 23, but he is the leader in the team and is very hard to contain.
Points Per Game: 24.5
Rebounds Per Game: 4.8
Assists Per Game: 3.6
Steals Per Game: 1.4
Blocks Per Game: 0.3
Bojan Bogdanovic: A must-have considering he offers a very good return for this relatively low price on Dream11. The big Serbian is averaging 21.5 points per game and is the 2nd best offensive player for the Jazz this season.
Rudy Gobert: Points are guaranteed from him. Can score in big numbers, while collecting rebounds is a walk in the park.
Points Per Game: 14.0
Rebounds Per Game: 13.7
Assists Per Game: 1.2
Steals Per Game: 0.8
Blocks Per Game: 2.0
Utah Jazz: Mike Conley has been ruled out of the game against the Lakers due to a hamstring that he picked up during Jazz's 103-94 defeat against the Philadelphia 76ers. Emmanuel Mudiay is expected to replace him in the starting five.
Utah Jazz squad: Donovan Mitchell, Tony Bradley, Royce O’Neale, Joe Ingles, Rudy Gobert, Dante Exum, Bojan Bogdanović, Nigel Williams-Goss, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jeff Green
Los Angeles Lakers Team News:
Los Angeles Lakers: Lakers have no fresh injury problems from their win over Denver Nuggets and will go with the same roster as in the last game. It means Avery Bradley (leg injury) and DeMarcus Cousins (knee injury) are the only injury absentees for the Showtime ahead of this game.
Los Angeles Lakers squad: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Jared Dudley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels
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PF: Bojan Bogdanovic
SF: Royce O’Neale
C: Rudy Gobert
PG: Emmanuel Mudiay
SG: Donovan Mitchell
Los Angeles Lakers:
PF: LeBron James
SF: Anthony Davis
C: JaVale McGee
PG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SG: Danny Green
Utah Jazz: Joe Ingles, Jeff Green, Ed Davis, Tony Bradley, Dante Exum, Georges Niang
Los Angeles Lakers: Alex Caruso, Kyle Kuzma, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Troy Daniels
The Lakers are the best away team in the NBA this season, while the Jazz have lost just once at home in nine games this season. It's going to be a battle worth watching, but the one edge by the Showtime here.