Having suffered loss after loss this season and both teams more than likely looking at below .500 year they need to really pull together against subpar teams to get all the win possible. The Lakers play host to the Jazz in what could very well be the flattest shooting game of the season, along with one of the lowest scoring offensive driven battles. I still expect a big push from both front courts as they push each other to run the floor and attack in transition, any free scoring plays they can get must be converted if either team wants the win.
Utah came away with the win in game one and lost back on January 3 rd as the Lakers won the points in the paint battle. Hayward has been not only their best overall player but he is the focal point of numerous trade rumors, something that does not make things any easier in the locker room. I expect the Jazz to attack the Lakers back court from the start of the game, they will look to get to the free throw line as much as possible because they know that their outside shooting has not been very affective in recent games as well as the possible double teaming on Hayward during their offensive sets.
The Lakers have really fallen off the radar even with the return of Nash to the lineup, he gives them a little more depth and shooting but he doesn’t control the game like he once did, and the young guys on the team don’t seem to react as fast to his passing game as the veteran players do making he the turnover leader on this team. The Lakers need to turn the page on this season but in the meantime for this game they need Young to come up big with one of his scoring nights, pushing the ball up the floor and attacking the rim as Gasol controls the inside game.
I have the Jazz beating the Lakers in this one because of their better shooting, even if it´s not by much, I see Utah taking this one by 2 points or more and the total staying under 195.