They've bounced back in some regard by notching back-to-back wins heading into Friday's matchup with the Utah Jazz. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.2 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.8 rebounds.
But after some extra work the day before, Kuzma came out on fire Wednesday night, sinking 16 of 24 from the field, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line.
Assuming James does not return prior to the January 16 date provided by the Lakers, he will have missed 11 games up to that point.More news: Bihar: Protests break out in Gaya after girl is found beheaded
LeBron has never missed more than 13 games in any of his previous 15 games in the National Basketball Association.
The Jazz have played well over the past week, winning three of their last four games.
Utah has struggled offensively, averaging 107.8 points per game.More news: Predicted Barcelona XI vs Levante: Youngsters’ time to deliver
Donovan Mitchell leads the team with 20.7 points and 3.5 assists per game. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. Lest you think that LeBron's absence will equate to an easy win for the Jazz, though, it's important to remember that Utah is quite banged up themselves. The under is 10-3-1 in Jazz last 14 overall. The two teams will meet a fourth time during the final week of the season on April 7 at Staples Center. You combine the Lakers and Jazz games together and you have 47 unders this season, which is almost 56 percent of their combined games.
However, Jazz fans can look forward to seeing former University of Utah player Kyle Kuzma, who is coming off a career-high 41 points on Wednesday night in a victory over Detroit, which moved L.A.to 23-19 on the season. They played well in their last two games, holding their opponents to 98.5 points per game and will need a similar effort to beat the Jazz on Friday. Give me the under.More news: MCTS bus driver saves 1-year-old left alone on overpass