Lakers-Jazz Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. With a 13-19 record, the Lakers look to take another step towards .500 with a win. Entering with a record of 11-24, the Jazz are still looking for answers. This game will begin at 10:30 pm EST and ROOT-RM and TWC SN will be providing coverage of the contest.

The Lakers are expecting better results after their 94-79 loss to the Bucks. Pau Gasol scored 25 points and added 6 rebounds and 4 blocks, as he was one of the best players for Los Angeles. The Jazz, meanwhile, are coming off a win over that same Bucks squad, 96-87. Derrick Favors was one of the key players, recording 21 points and 11 rebounds to claim his 11th double-double of the season. This is the second game of the season between these two teams, with the Jazz winning the first matchup, 105-103. Gordon Hayward was the game's top overall scorer with 24 points.

It will be a matchup of conflicting tempos, as the up-and-down Lakers (ranked fifth in the NBA in possessions per game) will look to push the slow-paced Jazz (28th in possessions per game).