Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers have gone back to their roots and are finally acting like the team that they were thought to be. Ever since they made the decision of moving Russell Westbrook to the bench the team has been playing good efficient basketball.
LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Lonnie Walker IV have been leading the charge offensively with some amazing contributions from Westbrook. Next up they will face the Utah Jazz at home who have been on a roll of their own. The Jazz was the first team in the west to get to 6 wins this season.
They have completely taken the NBA by storm with their incredible teamwork and defensive ability. Let’s have a look at what their matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers looks like.
The Los Angeles Lakers will be missing some key bench pieces against the Jazz
The Lakers currently have 3 players listed out against the Jazz. Cole Swider, Thomas Bryant, and Dennis Schroder will not be participating this time around and to add to that LeBron and Davis are also on the report with a status of probable for LeBron and questionable for Davis.
Injury report tomorrow against the Jazz: pic.twitter.com/e1qu8HPjoC
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) November 4, 2022
The Jazz on the other hand will also be missing 2 of their bench players. Simone Fontecchio and Leandro Bolmaro have both been ruled out for Friday’s matchup against the Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers Injury Report
- Dennis Schroder (thumb) – Out
- Thomas Bryant (thumb) – Out
- Cole Swider – Out
Los Angeles Lakers Expected Roster
- LeBron James
- Anthony Davis
- Lonnie Walker IV
- Patrick Beverly
- Russell Westbrook
Utah Jazz Injury Report
- Simone Fontecchio (conditioning) – Out
- Leandro Bolmaro (COVID-19) – Out
Utah Jazz Expected Roster
- Jarred Vanderbilt
- Mike Conley
- Lauri Markkanen
- Kelly Olynyk
- Jordan Clarkson
Will the Jazz be able to hold off and break the Lakers’ winning streak?
Lauri Markkanen has been on an absolute tear this season, he has been averaging 21.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. Markkanen has been playing like he has a chip on his shoulder and has easily been the Jazz’s best player. Davis and the Lakers have also been playing some amazing basketball for the past two games and will pose a big threat to the Jazz on Friday.
31 PTS (73% FG) 11 REB, 4 BLK
This season 🔥
22.6 PTS (Career-high)
50.7% FG (Career-high)
9.3 REB (Career-high)
2.9 AST (Career-high)
1 BLK (Career-high) pic.twitter.com/bylLUBy019
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) November 1, 2022
It’ll be interesting to see how Markkanen and the Jazz take the floor against the Lakers who are still enjoying their newfound life.