Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz
Los Angeles Lakers Preview
The Los Angeles Lakers enter their matchup at Utah on Wednesday coming off a 105-96 road victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. That means playing at consecutive nights at altitude, with 34-year-old LeBron James coming off a game in which he had 25 points in 37 minutes. Anthony Davis also had 25 points in 36 minutes despite playing through an illness. His status for Wednesday was unclear.
The Lakers bounced back after their 10-game winning streak was ended Sunday by the visiting Dallas Mavericks. The Lakers are 9-1 on the road this season, with only a handful of significant tests away from home. They lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in what was technically a road game in their shared building, but they posted victories at Dallas and Denver.
Utah Jazz Preview
The Utah Jazz will return to the comforts of home after a 1-4 road trip to the East Coast that concluded with defeats to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday and the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. They also lost at Milwaukee and Indiana, but they beat the Memphis Grizzlies. Reducing their cause for concern is an 8-1 home record that includes wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.
Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz in scoring at 24.5 points per game, but he averaged just 20 per game on the trip. Guard Mike Conley, who shot just 32.1 percent from the field on the five-game trek, was listed as day-to-day after leaving the Monday game due to a hamstring injury.