Measured by futility, both teams are well-positioned for the 2014
While each team would have an equal 9% chance at the top pick in the NBA draft, the league would flip coins to determine the order of each franchise -- should they not win the lottery.
A win would likely drop the Lakers to sixth in the lottery, behind the Jazz at four and Celtics at five. A loss could help the Lakers overtake the fourth position with a lucky flip of the coin, although that assumes the three teams lose their 82nd games.
The Lakers finish up on Wednesday in San Antonio against the first-place
Helping their cause, the Lakers will play without
The Jazz have missed
With Williams out, the Jazz have been playing big with
The Lakers will counter with
Hill has averaged 15.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks through six games in April.
Sacre is probably the best defender of the three, while Kelly offers more of an offensive look as a shooter and scorer.
Dealing with Utah's leading scorer
Offensively, Meeks is the Lakers' third-leading scorer at 15.6 points a night.
The coaches and players may play to win -- but both teams are better off with the loss.