Utah has evolved into one of the better defensive teams in the league, holding teams to a league-best 95.0 points a game.
The Jazz fell at home on Wednesday night to the
The Lakers have lost three straight but have competed in recent games. They'll play without
On the season he's averaging just 7.6 points and 8.9 rebounds. He's shooting 61.4% from the field.
More recently, through nine games in March, Gobert is at 10.6 points, 17.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks a night.
The Lakers are going to need to hit some jump shots on Thursday, because Gobert is a force at the basket.
He's shooting 45.4% from the field, 37.6% from three-point range and 80.6% from the line, while dishing 4.2 assists a game.
The Jazz rely on Derrick Favor for their inside scoring, but the team can struggle from the outside and for points in general.
The Lakers need strong shooting nights from Jeremy Lin, Jordan Clarkson,
The Lakers have been competitive of late, although rarely enough to win games.
They may be able to beat the Jazz, but Utah's ability to defend the basket should prove to be too big of an obstacle for the Lakers.