LeBron James Out As Jazz Host Lakers
Jan 13, 2024, 3:59 PM | Updated: 4:00 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY – The Los Angeles Lakers will be without LeBron James when they travel to face the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.
The Jazz are on the second night of back-to-back games after beating the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
The Lakers have been off since Thursday’s 127-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Jazz Aiming For Fifth Straight Win
The Jazz will look to extend their season-best four-game win streak when they host the Lakers.
After starting the season 4-11 the Jazz are 16-9 in their last 25 games and have climbed to the 10th seed in the Western Conference.
The @utahjazz could have packed in the season after their 7-16 start.
Instead, Will Hardy stuck to his guns.
— Ben Anderson (@BensHoops) January 13, 2024
Over their last 10 games the Jazz own the league’s sixth-best offensive rating and the fourth-best defensive rating.
With Friday’s win over the Raptors, the Jazz climbed a half-game above the Lakers in the Western Conference standings.
Lakers Without LeBron Against Jazz
The Lakers will be shorthanded when they face the Jazz on Saturday night.
According to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, James will miss the game with an ankle injury.
Injury update: LeBron is out tonight at Utah due to left ankle peroneal tendinopathy.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 13, 2024
“LeBron is out tonight at Utah due to left ankle peroneal tendinopathy,” Trudell wrote ahead of the Jazz and Lakers matchup.
Los Angeles is just 5-11 since winning the inaugural In-Season Tournament on December 7.
How To Watch Jazz And Lakers
The Jazz will face the Lakers on Saturday at 7:30 pm MST in Salt Lake City. The game will be televised on KJZZ, streamed on Jazz+, and can be heard on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone.
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Ben Anderson is the Utah Jazz insider for KSL Sports and the co-host of Jake and Ben from 10-12p with Jake Scott on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. Find Ben on Twitter at @BensHoops or on Instagram @BensHoops.
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