The Los Angeles Lakers look for a third straight victory on Friday as they travel to pay the Utah Jazz. On Wednesday, the Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons 113-110 behind a career high 41 points from Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers are now 3-5 in the eight games LeBron James has missed due to a groin injury. Los Angeles shot 56.1% from the field.
Utah won its last outing 106-93 over the visiting Orlando Magic. The Jazz were led by Donovan Mitchell with 33 points and seven assists. Utah played without both its top point guards due to injuries as Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum both missed the game. Joe Ingles chipped in with 16 points, while Rudy Gobert scored 12 and pulled down 14 rebounds.
LeBron James leads the Lakers in scoring, rebounding and assists with averages of 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. Kyle Kuzma is the second leading scorer with an average of 18.8 points per game. Four Lakers average double figures in scoring. Los Angeles is shooting 47.5% from the field and 34.1% from three-point territory.
Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz in scoring with an average of 20.7 points per game. The leading rebounder is Rudy Gobert with an average of 12.3 per game, while Ricky Rubio is the leader in assists with an average of 6.2 per game. As a team, Utah is shooting 46.4% from the field and 34.6% from 3-point territory.