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GAME PREVIEW: Jazz at Lakers



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LOS ANGELES -- The Utah Jazz (12-8), winners of five of their last six games, go on the road to take on arguably the best team in the NBA Wednesday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers (16-3) have the best record in the NBA and are riding a nine-game winning streak.

After squeaking past the Miami Heat (108-107), the Lakers beat up on the Phoenix Suns (108-88). They have won the first four games of a six-game homestand.

The Jazz rebounded from a horrible loss to the three-win Minnesota Timberwolves to beat the San Antonio Spurs for the third time this season.

The Jazz fought back from a large first half deficit and needed a clutch jumper from PG Deron Williams to beat the pesky Spurs 104-101.

![](http://media.bonnint.net/slc/1632/163293/16329364.gif?filter=ksl/sportsicon_60x68)![](http://media.bonnint.net/slc/1581/158185/15818537.gif?filter=ksl/sportsicon_60x68)**Game 20** Utah Jazz (12-8) at Los Angeles Lakers (16-3) **Date:** Wednesday December 9, 2009 **Time:** 8:30 p.m. MT **Site:** STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA **TV:** FSN Utah - Comcast - Ch. 52 (HD Ch. 693); DIRECTV - Ch. 684 (HD Ch. 684-1); DISH - Ch. 445 (HD Ch. 9515) **Radio:** 1320 AM KFAN or 98.7 FM **Season Series Record:** First Meeting **Last Season Series Record:** Lakers 6, Jazz 2 (Lakers 4-1 playoffs) **Last Meeting:** 4/14/2009 @ LAL - Lakers 125, Jazz 112
The Jazz and Lakers get to see plenty of each other this week. The two teams play again in three days inside the EnergySolutions Arena.

KSL takes a look back and ahead as we prep for the game against the Lakers.

What did we learn about the Jazz against the San Antonio Spurs?

  • The Jazz seem to play to the level of their competition. Beating good teams like the Spurs, but losing to bottom-feeders like the Wolves.
  • PF Carlos Boozer is playing some of his best basketball averaging 26.8 ppg, 11.3 rbg and 4.7 apg in his last six games.
  • Deron Williams has solidified himself as the Jazz' Mr. Clutch.

What can the Jazz expect from the Lakers?

  • The Lakers are one of the top scoring teams in the NBA and one of the top defensive teams. They average almost 105 points a game and give up just over 96 points a game- leading to the second best differential in the NBA (+8.3).
  • In his 13th season in the league, Kobe Bryant is still one of the best players in the NBA averaging almost 29 points a game.
  • With two seven-footers in the starting lineup it is no wonder why the Lakers are best rebounding team in the league (45.2 rpg).

Probable Jazz starting lineup

  • C - Mehmet Okur, 6-11, 273 lbs., Turkey
  • PF - Carlos Boozer, 6-9, 260 lbs., Duke
  • SF - Ronnie Brewer, 6-7, 236 lbs., Arkansas
  • SG - Wesley Matthews, 6-5, 224 lbs., Marquette
  • PG - Deron Williams, 6-3, 207 lbs., Illinois

Probable Lakers starting lineup

  • C - Andrew Bynum, 7-0, 285 lbs., St. Joseph HS (NJ)
  • PF - Pau Gasol, 7-0, 250 lbs., Barcelona, Spain
  • SF - Ron Artest, 6-9, 240 lbs., St. John's
  • SG - Kobe Bryant, 6-6. 205 lbs., Lower Merion HS (PA)
  • PG - Derek Fisher, 6-1, 210 lbs., Arkansas-Little Rock

Lakers leaders

Kobe Bryant 28.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.9 apg/ Andrew Bynum 18.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.65 bpg/ Pau Gasol 17.8 ppg, 9.4 rgp, 1.38 bpg

Jazz Injury Updates

  • Andrei Kirilenko - (back) OUT
  • Kyle Korver - (left knee surgery) OUT
  • Ronnie Price - (toe) OUT
  • Kyrylo Fesenko - (Stomach virus) OUT
  • Matt Harpring - (ankle, knee) OUT

Lakers Injury Updates

  • Luke Walton - (pinched nerve, back) OUT

Conclusion

This will be a good test for the Utah Jazz; the defending champion Lakers are clearly the cream of the crop in the NBA. The Jazz will have to play a near flawless game and have significant contributions from every position on the floor to have any chance of winning.

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Graydon Johns

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