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Preview: Lakers vs. Utah Jazz
Preview: Lakers vs. Utah Jazz

The Lakers (17-49) beat the Jazz in Utah in late February.  On Thursday, they'll host the Jazz (30-37) at Staples Center. 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 Washington Wizards (40-28), playing their second game on back-to-back nights. The Lakers have lost three straight but have competed in recent games.  They'll play without Nick Young (knee) -- along with Ronnie Price (elbow), Kobe Bryant (shoulder), Julius Randle (knee) and Steve Nash (back), all done for the season. Utah's Alec Burks (shoulder) is out for the season, while...

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