Some things to keep an eye on when the Lakers host the Utah Jazz on Tuesday at Staples Center on the third day of a three-game stretch.
1. How will the Lakers' energy hold up? This concern goes beyond playing three games on consecutive nights. The veteran-heavy Lakers face a Utah Jazz team that will be playing its first game of the season and has plenty of youth and speed, including Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, rookies Enes Kanter and Alec Burks, and Jeremy Evans. Utah may be less talented than in previous seasons and it's possible it will play be rusty. Besides the fact the Lakers need a win badly, however, they can't afford to allow their weary legs to drag.
2. Utah features a different lineup change. The Salt Lake Tribune's Brian T. Smith reports that Paul Millsap remains a game-time decision because of a right quadriceps tendon. Regardless, the report indicates that Jazz Coach Tyrone Corbin plans to start Favors ahead of Millsap at power forward.
Meanwhile, Hayward will get a starting spot at small forward over C.J. Miles. It remains to be seen whether this lineup change will add more spark to the Jazz or create chemistry issues initially.