Utah Jazz vs LA Lakers Date and Time: Sunday, April 18,2021 2:00 AM IST Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA Prediction: Utah Jazz Bookmaker: 1xbet
The Utah Jazz, who have been in decent form in recent games, beat the defending champions in their only meeting of the season in February. The LA Lakers, meanwhile, will be eager to gain some momentum after an inconsistent run in the last few weeks.
In their last game, the Utah Jazz toppled the Indiana Pacers 119-111. They won despite the loss of Donovan Mitchell to an ankle injury early in the third quarter.
The Jazz were down by double-digits at one point. But with solid defense and some clutch shots, they recovered to take the win.
Bojan Bogdanovic shone in scoring for the second consecutive game. He tallied 24 points, while Mitchell, who looked in good touch, scored 22 points in 21 minutes of action. Rudy Gobert had a solid cameo, registering 13 points, 23 rebounds and four blocks on the night.
The injury-depleted LA Lakers have six players listed as day-to-day for this game and will be without LeBron James and Anthony Davis for the 15th straight match.
The LA Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics 113-121 in their last outing. They were trailing 86-113 with seven minutes to play and struggled in the paint and shooting from long-range.
The LA Lakers will hope to have most of their stars available for this game. With Dennis Schroder, Andre Drummond, Marc Gasol, Kyle Kuzma and Markieff Morris all listed as ‘day to day’, it could be a tricky outing for the Lakers against the Utah Jazz.
The Utah Jazz are the overwhelming favorites in this game. They are the more in-form side and have a healthier squad, which should give them the edge over the defending champions. However, the LA Lakers are unpredictable, and if they find their rhythm early on, they could hurt the Jazz.