The Los Angeles Lakers have lost seven games in a row, and nine of their last 10. The Utah Jazz have lost four in a row, and also nine of their last 10. These are two teams that aren't winning a lot of games this season. At best, one of these teams could finish the season with 27 wins. That's still not a lot of wins. It's more than likely that these two teams will finish the season with 25 wins. That's halfway to a 50 win season, and halfway to respectability.
But these two teams aren't into being respectable this season, just to at least try to act it at the right times.
Utah tanked in the off-season, and LA is taking during the season. The end result is that they are fighting for ping pong balls right now. The overlying fear is that it doesn't matter -- as LA will get a 'boost' no matter where they end up. I still like probability, and being the #4 seed in the lotto is going to be a lot better than being the #6. It's important to lose this game.
LA has shown us that they will do whatever it takes to do so. They're going to be sitting Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, possibly Chris Kaman, and definitely Xavier Henry, and Kent Bazemore. We're missing Marvin Williams (again), and Brandon Rush (who cares?) . . . but that's not the same thing.
- Point guard: Kendall Marshall vs. Trey Burke
- Shooting guard: Jodie Meeks vs. Alec Burks
- Small forward: Wesley Johnson vs. Gordon Hayward
- Power forward: Ryan Kelly vs. Enes Kanter
- Center: Jordan Hill vs. Derrick Favors