Two of the NBA teams I follow most closely play each other in a few hours. When the Jazz play at home they are tough -- only one loss at home season -- and that loss came with an assist from the NBA's officiating crew. And while the loss remains on record, at least the NBA acknowledged the call was bad and warned Billups for flopping. Unfortunately for Utah though, they are not playing in Utah. Although the Jazz beat the Lakers on November 7 (95-86), and even though Steve Nash and Pau Gasol won't be playing tonight, the Lakers are probably favored to win tonight. The Jazz are only 3-9 on the road; the worst road record amongst the top 8 teams in the west -- and the top 8 teams of the east for that matter. Moreover, Al Jefferson won't be playing. Then again, the Lakers are a mess. The Buss family hired Mike D'Antoni for his offensive system, and it is starting to look as if perhaps that is all they got with the hire. Coaching is more than Xs and Os, systems and putting the right pieces in the right places. There are people to build and develop, and we are waiting for evidence of that from D'Antoni. D'Antoni was supposed to bring "Showtime" back to L.A., however the Lakers' offense is only ranked 7th in the NBA in points scored. The Jazz? They're ranked 8th. If the playoffs were held today, the Utah Jazz would have the 6th seed in the Western Conference, and the All Star roster would be watching them play from their sofas. The Lakers are under .500 and are 11th in the Western Conference. Everyone expects the Lakers will start to right the ship, including me, but when the Celtics put together their superteam, they did much better than the Lakers, and won a championship their first year together. The Celtics were well coached, and frankly, they played excellent defense. The Lakers are, well, an interesting and extremely expensive experiment being conducted while Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Antwan Jaimeson get older, and Dwight Howard gets closer to being an unrestricted free agent. But hey, it wouldn't be Hollywood if there wasn't high drama, right?