When and where: November 12, 2019, Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT, 9:00 PM ET
The Brooklyn Nets head into a defensive hornet’s nest in Tuesday’s road trip to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz. After getting decimated in a 138-112 loss to the Phoenix Suns, the Nets are hoping for a turnaround defensive performance against a less potent offensive opponent in the Jazz. However, it won’t be easy knocking off a Jazz team coming off three consecutive wins over the Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.
Nets get buried by the SunsSunday’s loss to the Suns highlighted everything that’s wrong with the Nets. They can’t defend long-range shots, and the offense is a shell when Irving isn’t playing like Superman. The perennial NBA All-Star finished the game with only 15 points, four rebounds and five assists. He was the only player in the starting lineup that scored in double figures. The rest of the offense stemmed from tremendous efforts from DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and Dzanan Musa coming off the bench.
They’ll need more contributions from other offensive sources heading into a game against a Jazz defense allowing only 97.0 points per game. If we’re going to talk about how bad the Nets’ 3-point shooting defense has been this season, let’s talk about the Jazz’s shooting defense in general. They are holding opponents to a 40.9 shooting percentage in comparison to opponents averaging a 38.6 3-point shooting percentage against the Nets.
There are obviously some lingering questions surrounding the offensive scoring for the Jazz. No, they don’t have an otherworldly scoring machine like Irving on their roster. Yet, they are a top-10 team in 3-point shooting percentage. So they are built in ways to give the Nets’ defense some problems. It shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the Nets are the sixth-worst team in defensive efficiency.
Some not so good news for the Nets came on Monday after learning guard Caris LeVert is slated to miss Tuesday’s game against the Jazz with a thumb injury. It’s a loss of another viable offensive weapon when facing the best defense in basketball.
Jazz defense is locking everyone downIt doesn’t matter if Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid or any other generational talent is on a roster. The Jazz will enter the game hell-bent on shutting you down. They are the top-ranked defensive team due to their depth and ability to guard effectively over the course of an entire game. There are some teams that come at you in waves with offense. Well, the Jazz comes at you in waves with defenders.
Of course, they’ll look to do the same against an undermanned Nets team that leans heavily on the offensive magic of Irving. If they can force Irving to struggle, there’s a good chance they’ll come away with a victory on Tuesday. With LeVert out with an injury, the Nets’ next best scorer is Dinwiddie coming off the bench.
Don’t sleep on the offense of Bojan Bogdanovic in this game, either.
The Nets are the third-worst team in the league in defending against the 3-point shot, and Bogdanovic, the Jazz’s second-leading scorer, is averaging 45.5 percent shooting from long-range. So he’s likely to be a factor in this game. There’s also the offensive prowess of Mitchell, who will be a handful on both ends of the floor.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Nets are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning % above .600.
- Nets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Nets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Jazz are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games.
- Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest.