Crucial Showdown: Jazz vs Lakers Preview – Injury Report, and Trade Rumor 2024

jazz vs lakers

Tonight’s showdown, Jazz vs Lakers at the Delta Center is set to be a thrilling clash. Utah Jazz now is boasting a 20-20 record, and the Los Angeles Lakers, standing at 19-20. The Jazz’s resurgence to a .500 record is nothing short of remarkable, winning 13 of their last 17 games. Currently, they find themselves in contention for a coveted Play-In position, marking one of the franchise’s most impressive mid-season turnarounds. The dynamic duo of Lauri Markkanen and Collin Sexton has been instrumental in the Jazz’s resurgence, propelling the team to play exceptional basketball. The stage is set for an exciting matchup as the Jazz look to continue their impressive run.

Without LeBron James, the Lakers leaned on a standout performance from D’Angelo Russell, who scored 39 points with 8 assists efficiently. Anthony Davis struggled offensively, shooting 5/21, partly due to solid defense from Lauri Markkanen. Markkanen not only excelled defensively, limiting AD at the rim, but also contributed 29 points, shooting 50% from the field and three. Markkanen is making a case for a spot in the All-Star game and the All-NBA team, showcasing his impact as one of the league’s top players. The Jazz’s success adds to his credentials.

In contrast, the Los Angeles Lakers are grappling with a challenging stretch, having managed to secure victories in only five of their last 15 games. This downturn in performance has seen them slip out of Play-In contention and fall behind the resurgent Utah Jazz in the standings. Despite a promising In-Season Tournament victory, the Lakers are currently mired in a slump, displaying a lack of consistency and struggling to find their rhythm. The team’s recent performances have raised questions about their direction and ability to navigate through adversity.

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NBA Trade Rumor

As per Brian Windhorst, the Utah Jazz are reportedly open to trading some of their players, particularly those with expiring contracts.

Brian Windhorst suggests the Utah Jazz may trade Kelly Olynyk due to his expiring contract and Taylor Hendricks being lower on the depth chart. Olynyk, excelling with a 43% three-point shooting and 4.5 assists per game, could benefit teams seeking shooting, passing, and rebounding. While Lauri Markkanen’s name comes up, Windhorst deems it unlikely the Jazz will trade him.

Injury Report

Utah Jazz

  • The Utah Jazz enter the night with a clean injury report

Los Angeles Lakers

  • DeAngelo Russell: Questionable (Knee)
  • Cam Reddish: Questionable (Knee)

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