UTA vs LAL Dream11: Hello NBA fans, hope you are all doing well, and enjoying the festivities involved in making an NBA game. These are athletes who put in rigorous work to be here and in a social media space, where things are heavily scrutinized, the pressure to perform has only gone up. And before anything, I think it is important seeing these athletes as human beings who have to sacrifice a lot and that is why when people call Russell Westbrook names or any other player names, they fail to realize that these players are still giving a lot out there and things can fall off quickly in a league where there are 30 teams with top-class players and a season that is 82 games long. And the Los Angeles Lakers have suffered a lot of losses this season and as they will visit Utah Jazz, a lot of people will tune in.
The Jazz has been unable to get a winning run going, losing five straight games. The second half of the season has been rather underwhelming for the squad and it seems like the absence of Bojan Bogdanovic has hurt the overall balance. With the Playoffs, just a few days, can the team figure out a way to mount a substantial run?
On the other hand, the Lakers have been even worse this season, way worse in fact. They have not been on a big winning streak and rather than their production is increasing, they have seen a huge dip. This dip has caused a lot of losses and without LeBron, the task has become beyond repair at this point.
Host: Utah Jazz
Visitors: LA Lakers
Match Timing: 1 April, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena
The Jazz lost to the Clippers 115:121 as they blew a 25-points lead and were unable to pull through despite Donovan Mitchell’s 33 points.
The Jazz has been sliding these days and much of the blame lies upon their inability to stay efficient. One of the main reasons for the current slide has been the absence of Bojan Bogdanovic, who provides quality perimeter shooting and helps take the load away from Donovan. Mitchell has continued to be a highly effective isolation scorer but Mike Conley has been inconsistent while Jordan Clarkson’s shooting percentages are down across the board.
With each day, the team is in danger of a first-round Playoffs exit which implies that there is a lot of work to be done. Rudy Gobert and Royce O’Neale have been strong defensively in the front but the Jazz defense is not as effective as the first half of the season. The team frankly needs a big winning run to close out the season and at least make sure that they notch the fifth seed.
The Lakers lost to 110:128 in the last game despite Monk and Westbrook scoring 20+ each but the team gave away a huge lead early in the game
Losing and Lakers have married these days and without LeBron, the Lakers look like a bottom-feeder team. This has been a frustrating season for the Lakers fanbase but the team management didn’t address some issues in the offseason. The squad lost Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma in the trade for Westbrook which hurt the team’s defense as well.
It wasn’t like that the Lakers were winning a ton of games in the first half of the season but the team’s fast-paced offense only slowed down and if a team doesn’t play a high-quality defense, mustering a bunch of points is vital. The team has been one of the worst rebounding squads ever since Anthony Davis has gone and the Lakers doesn’t simply have the hustle to keep up with most teams these days.
Los Angeles Lakers (10th in West) | Utah Jazz (6th in West)
Games: 75 | 76
Wins: 31 | 45
Defeats: 44 | 31
Los Angeles Lakers Team News
Lakers Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Stanley Johnson
Middle: C: Dwight Howard / PF: Anthony Davis
Guards: SG: Austin Reaves | SG: Malik Monk | PG: Russell Westbrook
BENCH: Talen Horton-Tucker, Trevor Ariza, Deandre Jordan, Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore, DJ Augustin, Carmelo Anthony, Sekou Doumbouya.
Utah Jazz Team News
Jazz Expected Starting Five
Forward: F: Juancho Hernagomez
Frontline: PF: Royce O’Neale | C: Rudy Gobert
Guards: SG: Donovan Mitchell | PG: Mike Conley
BENCH: Jordan Clarkson, Jared Butler, Zylan Cheatham, Rudy Gay, Trent Forrest, Eric Paschall, Xavier Sneed, Nickeill Alexander-Walker, Greg Monroe.
Donovan Mitchell (UTA)
Guard Mitchell continues his extraordinary offensive season despite a downfall in the Jazz’s winnings. The Guard has mostly been in 28-34 points and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-48
Anthony Davis(LAL) is a “Game-Time Decision” here. The Forward hasn’t played in months and when he plays, he has had a huge influence, usually being in 20+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 1+ blocks/steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-45
Center Gobert has been supplying a high-quality rebounding, inside scoring, and serviceable help defense. He has mostly been in 9-14 points, 10-16 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-39
Point Guard Mike’s numbers are down this season and that has hurt the team’s chances. He has mostly been in 11-14 points and 3-7 assists range while notching 1-2 steals a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-28
Russel Westbrook (LAL)
Westbrook has been getting it done on the offensive and continues to be a high-impact Guard. He has mostly been in 20-25 points, 6-10 rebounds, and 6-10 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44
Malik Monk (LAL)
Monk’s production will be crucial with LeBron and he has answered the bell more often than not. He has mostly been in 19+ points range with LeBron out.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-37
LAL vs UTA Dream11 Lineup Balancers
(If Davis plays)
PG: R Westbrook (PP), D Augustin, D Mitchell (SP)
SG: T Horton-Tucker
SF: S Johnson
PF: J Hernangomez
C: A Davis, R Gobert
(If Davis doesn’t play)
PG: J Clarkson(PP), R Westbrook, D Mitchell(SP)
SG: M Monk, M Conley
SF: S Johnson
PF: J Hernagomez
C: R Gobert
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