On Sunday, the
The Jazz, fresh off their Saturday night win over the Miami Heat in Utah, will try to win their second in a row, while the Lakers attempt to stop a three-game losing streak.
The Jazz have a long list of injuries, including
The Jazz are led by forward
Hayward does a bit of everything both as a scorer, shooter (39% from behind the arc) and play-maker. He's not a dominant defender, but he's smart and feisty.
The Lakers would start Bryant against Hayward. If the Lakers All-Star sits, rookie
Bryant is obviously the Lakers' big-time scorer. Brown is a very promising defender, but he doesn't often look for his own shot.
If Hood is out,
When Gobert is at full strength, he's one of the best defensive big-men in the league.
The Lakers don't go to Roy Hibbert often for points, but Gobert's strength is contesting guards, driving into the paint.
Offensively, the Lakers have the veteran Williams coming off a career-high 44 points in the team's Friday-night loss to the
The Jazz have played well this season, but injuries have taken their toll. The Lakers have three losses in a row, but two came down to the wire -- and the team previously won three-straight.
Look for the improving Lakers to get the victory at home on Sunday.