The Lakers (54-21) have been in a bit of a dry spell lately, particularly at the reserve.
They’re hoping to get back to their winning ways back home against the Utah Jazz (50-26).
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L.A. is coming back after a dissapointing 2-3 road trip that featured a most recent blowout lost to the Atlanta Hawks, 109-92. The bench was outscored 46-26.
Defensively, they haven’t played up to par, allowing 100 points in 3 straight games.
The Jazz have been on a roll, winning 3 straight with Deron Williams coming off a season-best 19 assist in a 128-104 win over the Warriors on Wednesday.
The last meeting between the Jazz and the Lakers at Staples Center was December 9th where L.A. won 101-77 after an impressive fourth quarter push.
They’re hoping to extend the home streak against Utah to 14 games.
Defense will be a priority for the Lakers. They must be able to contain Deron Williams & Carlos Boozer. Who average 16.3 points, 9.7 assists & 11.3 points, 10.0 rebounds respectively.
The perimeter defense of the point guard will have to be emphasized, as that has been the Achilles’ heel of the Lakers defense. Especially 3 point shooting.
(C) P. Gasol
(PF) L. Odom
(SF) R. Artest
(SG) K. Bryant
(PG) D. Fisher
Lakers X-Factors: Perimeter Defense, bench scoring, rebouding & overall consistent efficiency.
A. Bynum (Left Achilles) is out.
(C) M. Okur
(PF) C. Boozer
(SF) C.J. Miles
(SG) W. Mathews
(PG) D. Williams
A. Kirilenko (strained left calf muscle) is out.