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NBA Preview: Los Angeles Lakers (29-26) at Utah Jazz (26-28)

Anthony Davis has a score to settle when his Los Angeles Lakers oppose the Utah Jazz on Wednesday in Salt Lake City.

The Jazz defeated the Lakers 132-125 in the teams’ latest matchup, on Jan. 13 in Salt Lake City. Davis had 15 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists, but he shot only 5-for-21 from the floor.

Utah has one more game before All-Star weekend — Thursday at Golden State — but the Lakers won’t play again until Feb. 22 against the Warriors.

The Lakers come into Utah on the second night of a back-to-back set. They thumped the visiting Detroit Pistons 125-111 on Tuesday for their fifth win in six games.

Davis totaled 20 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks and four assists against the Pistons.

The Jazz and Lakers are set to meet for the final time this season. Los Angeles manhandled visiting Utah 131-99 on Nov. 26 when LeBron James surpassed the 39,000-point mark while totaling 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Davis led the Lakers with 26 points and 16 boards.

Davis is emphasizing the importance of the Wednesday game.

The Jazz haven’t been the same since the trade deadline — taking lopsided losses against the Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors — but their coach figured it would take time to establish with new rotations.

Most recently, the Jazz struggled in a 129-107 home loss against the Warriors on Monday without regular contributors Kelly Olynyk, Ochai Agbaji and Simone Fontecchio, who were traded last week.

The Jazz have lost eight of their past 12 games and fallen out of positioning for the Western Conference play-in tournament, trailing the Warriors by 1 1/2 games for the last spot. The Lakers are one game ahead of Golden State.

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