National Basketball Association
Preview
Utah at L.A. Lakers
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant plays the final contest of a brilliant 20-year career when the Lakers close the season against the visiting Utah Jazz on Wednesday. The 37-year-old Bryant will play as many minutes as he can during the regular-season finale as Los Angeles attempts to end a six-game losing streak.

Bryant has experienced a ton of emotions during his final season and he told USA Today he's fine with how everything has worked out. "I'm not sad at all. I left no stone unturned," Bryant said. "I gave everything to the game for 20 years in the NBA and more before that. So I feel very thankful to be able to play this game this long." Bryant's final game is highly important for Utah, which will make the playoffs if it beats the Lakers and the Houston Rockets lose to the Sacramento Kings. "We talked about the last 20 games or so to try to be in a playoff race and we find ourselves in this position," Jazz coach Quin Snyder told reporters after Monday's 101-92 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. "... This is a good experience for us. It hurts right now."

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ROOT (Utah), TWC SportsNet (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE JAZZ (40-41): Starting center Rudy Gobert is an unlikely participant after spraining his right ankle in Monday's loss. Losing the ace shot blocker at the same time that power forward Derrick Favors (knee) isn't able to play at his typical level is a double blow for Utah. "That's also been kind of the story of our season - has been guys going down, guys getting hurt, banged up," small forward Gordon Hayward told reporters. "I don’t know exactly what happened (to Gobert), but it sucks. It sucks to have a teammate go down, especially one of your anchors defensively."

ABOUT THE LAKERS (16-65): The highly competitive Bryant will see if he has one more high-scoring game in a body that is sore and banged up. Los Angeles coach Byron Scott has indicated Bryant will play at least 37 minutes and it is pretty much a safe bet that Bryant's teammates will be feeding him the ball a lot with so much on the line for the Jazz. "For me, it's coming out in front of the fans and competing hard, and playing against Utah and them not taking it easy at all," Bryant told reporters. "To me, that is the greatest form of competition. That's the best last game to have - a very competitive one, a physical one. That's the way basketball should be."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Jazz are 3-0 against the Lakers this season with the average winning margin being 29 points, topped by a 123-75 drubbing on March 28.

2. Bryant is averaging five points on 3-of-19 shooting in two games against Utah this season.

3. Utah SG Rodney Hood scored 30 first-half points and made 8-of-9 3-pointers in the recent 48-point win that matched for worst loss in Lakers' history.

PREDICTION: Jazz 116, Lakers 101
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Utah 40-41 L1 24-17 16-24 3-1 37-40 8-8 24-27
L.A. Lakers 16-65 L6 11-29 5-36 1-4 15-61 2-14 7-44
Last Meeting
Utah L.A. Lakers
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/28/16 LAL 75 UTA 123 123 57 51.7 75 37 30.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah R. Hood 30 84.6 0
L.A. Lakers L. Williams 16 66.7 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah R. Gobert 19 4 15
L.A. Lakers J. Clarkson 8 0 8
Assists Player  
Utah G. Hayward 6
L.A. Lakers K. Bryant 2
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Utah G. Hayward 1639 43.4 408
L.A. Lakers J. Clarkson 1299 43.4 173
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Utah R. Gobert 709 214 495
L.A. Lakers J. Randle 856 183 673
Assists Player  
Utah G. Hayward 303
L.A. Lakers D. Russell 273
Quickchart Matchup
Utah Off vs  L.A. Lakers Defense
97.7 Points For
107.0 Points Against
44.8 FG%
47.3 FG%
43.3 Reb
46.6 Reb
L.A. Lakers Off vs  Utah Defense
97.3 Points For
95.8 Points Against
41.3 FG%
44.5 FG%
46.6 Reb
40.0 Reb