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#573 Utah Jazz -3.5 vs.
#574 Brooklyn Nets 218
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:35pm EST
Barclays Center , Brooklyn
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s an interconference battle of teams that would be in the postseason if the season ended today up in the Big Apply. The surging Utah Jazz is on the road as they travel to face the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night. Utah rallied to blow past Washington 127-116 on the road in their last game Sunday afternoon. Brooklyn cruised past Atlanta 108-86 at home in their last game Sunday evening. The Jazz owns a 60-31 advantage in the all-time regular season series, including three straight wins. In the last matchup, it was Utah taking a 119-114 home win on November 12, 2019.

Utah Jazz Seeking 10th Straight Victory

Utah found themselves in a hefty hole in the first half but rallied to blow past Washington on the road in their last game for their ninth straight win. The Jazz entered Monday tied for the Northwest Division lead with the Nuggets. In the Western Conference playoff picture, Utah stands tied for second, five games behind the Lakers. Utah trailed by 11 after the opening quarter, by as many as 15 in the second and by 11 at the half. The Jazz outscored Washington 38-25 in the third quarter to lead by two before utilizing a 10-2 run in the fourth quarter to take control of the contest. Utah shot 53.3 percent from the field, including 10 of 30 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 44-37. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 31 points in the win.

The Jazz comes into this game 18th in the league in scoring offense with 109.4 points per game this season. Utah is 16th in rebounding by pulling down 45.5 boards per night while standing 25th by dishing out 22 assists a night. Utah is sixth in the league in scoring defense as they allow 105.7 points per contest. Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz with 24.2 points plus 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest this season. Bojan Bogdanovic averages 21 points per contest while Mike Conley (13.6 points, 4.6 assists) and Rudy Gobert (14.8 points, 14.4 rebounds, 1.9 blocks) are solid contributors. Emmanuel Mudiay, Joe Ingles (10.8 points, 4.2 boards, 4.6 assists), Royce O’Neale, Jordan Clarkson, Tony Bradley and Georges Niang are important pieces for coach Quin Snyder. Utah is shooting 47 percent from the field, which is tied for 6th in the league in field goal percentage. The Jazz knock down an average of 12.7 triples per game, which is tied for 6th in the league, and stand first in three-point field goal percentage by knocking down 39 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Conley reaggravated the hamstring injury that cost him five games against Orlando December 17 and is out again. Reports say that he could miss several weeks with the injury. Mitchell missed Sunday’s game with an illness but hopes to return to action here.

Brooklyn Nets Go for Third Straight Win

Brooklyn earned their second straight win as they jumped all over the Hawks early and cruised the rest of the way. The Nets entered Monday fourth in the Atlantic Division, 8.5 games behind the Celtics for the top spot. Brooklyn held the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, five games clear of Charlotte, Chicago and Detroit, who were all tied for ninth. The Nets bolted to a 37-16 lead after the opening quarter and didn’t see the Hawks make a sustained run the rest of the way. Brooklyn led by as many as 37 in the victory. The Nets shot 53.2 percent from the field, including 10 of 26 from three-point range, and controlled the glass 62-37. That helped Brooklyn overcome missing 13 of 29 free throws and 26 turnovers. Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 21 points in the win.

The Nets enter this contest 16th in the league by averaging 109.7 points per game on the year. Brooklyn is second in the league in rebounding by pulling down 48.9 boards a night while they are 17th by dishing out 23.8 assists per game. The Nets are 17th in scoring defense as they allow 111 points per game this year. Kyrie Irving leads the team with 27.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists a night on the season. Caris LeVert chips in 16 points per contest while Spencer Dinwiddie contributes 22.1 points and 6.4 assists a game. Joe Harris (14.3 points), Garrett Temple (10.6 points) and Taurean Prince (12.3 points, 6.7 rebounds) are solid contributors while Jarrett Allen (11.5 points, 9.9 rebounds) pairs with DeAndre Jordan to provide a pair of serviceable big men in the paint. Brooklyn is 23rd in field goal percentage by shooting 44.1 percent from the field as a team this season. The Nets are 10th in threes per game by knocking down 12.4 triples per contest while ranking 28th in the league by hitting 33 percent from beyond the arc on the year. Irving returned against the Hawks January 12 after missing 26 games with a right shoulder impingement.

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Brooklyn has received a boost to their rotation with Irving returning to the lineup Sunday. The Nets have won two straight but they had dropped seven in a row leading into those contests. Brooklyn is going to have a tougher challenge than they had against the Hawks in facing the Jazz. Utah has been on fire lately, winning nine straight and 14 of their last 15 games coming into this one. Mitchell expects to be back for the Jazz in this one, which will help their rotation as well. Irving has to show that he can go more than 20 minutes but in the end, Utah’s talent and edge in perimeter shooting gives them the advantage.

Prediction: Utah Jazz -1

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This will be a test for both offenses. Utah has been very good shooting the ball this season, leading the league in three-point percentage on the year. The Jazz contend with a Brooklyn defense that is third in the league in field goal percentage defense (43.3 percent) and 14th in three-point field goal percentage defense (34.8 percent) this season. On the flip side, the Nets have struggled to shoot the ball and have to contend with a tough Utah defense. The Jazz stands seventh in field goal percentage defense (44.1 percent) and eighth in three-point field goal percentage defense (34 percent) on the year. The Jazz will hassle Harris and company on the perimeter, setting up a lot of clanks and rebounds for the Stifle Tower. This one isn't a run and gun affair and ends up under the number.

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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.