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The Lakers come to Salt Lake City with a 1-3 record, to take on the Jazz who have also have 1-3 record and have lost three consecutive games on the road. Yes, it's early in the season, but both of these teams are starting off on the wrong foot. Utah has won five of its last seven home games against the Lakers. Here's a look at how the two teams compare statistically. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Wednesday.

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Jazz ppg: 98.25

Jazz opponents ppg: 98.75

Lakers ppg: 100.00

Lakers opponents ppg: 99.75

PPG=Points per game

These stats are slightly misleading due to the the Lakers beating Detroit by 29 points and the Jazz beating the Mavericks 113-94.

The elite teams in the NBA are currently beating their opponents by double figures. San Antonio outscores its opponents by an average of 99.00 to 89.50 and the Knicks win by an average of 104.67 to 85.33.

Field Goal Percentage
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Jazz FG%: 44.3

Jazz opponents FG%: 45.0

Lakers FG%: 50.3

Lakers opponents FG%: 44.7

FG%=Field goal percentage

It's interesting to note that even though the Lakers shoot much better than their opponents and the Jazz shoot worse, both teams have the same record of 1-3.

Part of this could be due to the fact that in each team's only victory, they won by huge margins, skewing the numbers a little.

3-point percentage
Gus Ruelas, AP

Jazz 3PT%: 37.1

Jazz opponents 3PT%: 44.4

Lakers 3PT%: 40.6

Lakers opponents 3PT%: 37.1

3PT%=3-Point percentage

The Jazz shoot worse than their opponents from deep, while the Lakers shoot worse than their opponents, yet both teams have a record of 1-3.

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Jazz apg: 20.00

Jazz opponents apg: 23.25

Lakers apg: 21.75

Lakers opponents apg: 21.00

APG=Assists per game

There isn't much of a difference between the Lakers and Jazz in this statistic. But it's worth mentioning that most of the teams who currently have winning records dish out more assists than their opponents, something the Jazz don't do.

San Antonio gets 7.75 more assists per game than its opponents.

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Jazz TO: 15.25

Jazz opponents TO: 14.5

Lakers TO: 18.5

Lakers opponents TO: 13.25

TO=Turn overs per game

Only three teams in the NBA turn the ball over more than the Lakers: Indiana, Houston and the Clippers. Utah ranks 15th in the NBA in turnovers.

The Lakers have more than five turnovers per game than their opponents. Only Indiana has a higher turnover differential than the Lakers.

Free Throws
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Jazz FT%: 73

Jazz opponents FT%: 78

Lakers FT%: 65

Lakers opponents FT%: 80

FT%=Free throw percentage

The Lakers free throw shooting has been atrocious this season at 65 percent. The only teams in the NBA who shoot worse from the line are the Wizards at 64 percent, Denver at 62 percent and Cleveland at 61 percent.

However, both the Jazz and Lakers shoot worse than their opponents.

The 100 mark
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When Jazz score 100: 1-1

When Jazz opponents score 100: 0-2

When Lakers score 100: 1-1

When Lakers' opponents score 100: 0-2

Neither team has won a game yet this season when its opponent has scored at least 100 points. That could an interesting stat to watch.

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Jazz spg: 9.0

Jazz opponents spg: 8.0

Lakers spg: 7.5

Lakers opponents spg: 9.0

SPG=Steals per game

This is one area where neither team really excels or does horrible, but the Jazz do a better job in each category. Both teams are just about in the middle of the NBA here.

Gus Ruelas, AP

Jazz bpg: 7.25

Jazz opponents bpg: 6.25

Lakers bpg: 5.50

Lakers opponents bpg: 4.75

BPG=Blocks per game

The Jazz block a lot of shots but so do their opponents. Even with defensive powerhouse Dwight Howard, the Lakers don't block as many shots as Utah and don't get their shots blocked as much either.

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Jazz rpg: 44.75

Jazz opponents rpg: 41.50

Lakers rpg: 43.75

Lakers opponents rpg: 35.00

RPG=Rebounds per game

While only eight teams get more rebounds than Utah, the Jazz only get about three more boards per game than their opponents. The Lakers get more than eight rebounds per game than their opponents.

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