Lakers star LeBron James remains out indefinitely

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers have managed to put together a two-game winning streak since they snapped their three-game losing streak and will be trying to make it three wins in a row when they face the Jazz on Friday night.

LeBron James' groin injury has taken more time than expected to heal, as the initial assessment of James' injury has now gone out of the window and the star has been out for the last 8 games, with confirmation coming in that he'll be missing the Utah Jazz game too.

However, Jazz fans can look forward to seeing former University of Utah player Kyle Kuzma, who is coming off a career-high 41 points on Wednesday night in a victory over Detroit, which moved 23-19 on the season.

For the season, Kuzma's overall shooting numbers are up, to 47.1 percent from 45 percent, but his 3-point shooting numbers have dropped to 30.6 from 36.6 percent.

James will miss the Lakers' next two National Basketball Association games against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday and the Utah Jazz two days later.

The Lakers have struggled defensively, giving up 110.8 points per game, which is 17 in the league. The Jazz have held five of their last 10 opponents under 100 points. But according to ESPN, coach Luke Walton "did not rule out the possibility of James traveling to Utah on his own Friday for the Jazz game" if he's medically cleared that morning. The team is shooting 46 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range.

The Lakers are 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Friday games.

Donovan Mitchell leads the team with 20.7 points and 3.5 assists per game. Rudy Gobert is averaging 14.7 points and 12.3 rebounds per game, while Ricky Rubio is averaging 12.8 points and 6.2 assists per game. Even against a lackluster LeBron-less Lakers squad, the Jazz will have to be on their A-game to come away victorious.