Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 4-8-2018 - Prediction & Preview

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The Jazz's mark was better than their season average of 13.3.

Following a rocky start to their season, the upstart #Utah Jazz became the fourth Western Conference team to punch their ticket to the playoffs, holding off the young #Los Angeles Lakers 112 to 97 Sunday afternoon, ESPN reported. Expect their defensive capabilities to be on full show against the young Lakers, who the Jazz will not allow to score 100 points for the second time this week. The Jazz, with a 46-33 record, sit in fourth in the west, but they are just 1.5 games ahead of the Nuggets in ninth and could still feasibly miss the playoffs if they lose this game.

The Jazz now sit as the four seed in the West and would have home court in the first round, but if they can win out - against Golden State and Portland this week, no easy task - they will finish with the three seed.

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Humboldt paster Sean Brandow said he was on his way to the Broncos game Friday and arrived at the scene right after the collision. They were all in some way a part of the Humboldt Broncos. "We'd end up going through a whole tin every game", said Beaudry.

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Rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell had a game-high 28 points, with fellow rookie Josh Hart of the Lakers leading his squad with 25. Five players scored in double figures.

With Rubio still limited by his sore hamstring, Mitchell took on a larger portion of the team's playmaking duties-and the result was a stellar line of 28 points (his 27th game with 25+ points), nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block in 38 minutes. This is a dynamic group and you'll never know who is going to score on any given night. Second-year forward Brandon Ingram remains in concussion protocol and has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jazz. These games were needed in order for them to keep their playoff hopes alive since the standings are so crowded.

The Lakers, though, closed the gap to two in the second quarter and kept the game tight until Ingles went off midway through the third quarter. Tyler Ennis added 22 points while Julius Randle chipped in 17. This well rounded offense hasn't really being eye opening this year but next year and into the future it could be very potent. He is close to averaging a career double-double against them; in 13 such games, he averages 9.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.4 steals and a huge 3.3 blocks. This doesn't mean the Lakers are a pushover though. While the Lakers are going to be as cautious as possible with their prized rookie, there's an outside shot he plays in one, or both, of the team's upcoming games against the Rockets and Clippers to end the season. Between Laker injuries (especially if Kuzma can't suit up), to Utah's solid play on the road, to how important they'll certainly realize this game is, I'm confident they'll put together a complete game to nab the W. One win will get them into the playoffs, meaning they have three tries to do that, but they need to be scratching and clawing to win every game they can, if possible.

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