On Tuesday, the NBA will have six games on the schedule for hoops fans to enjoy. Perhaps the most intriguing game of the night will be our game between Utah and Brooklyn from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Tip-off is set for 7:00 P.M ET. It will be their second and final meeting this season.
Jazz Looking for 10th Straight W
The Utah Jazz front office deserves a lot of credit for recognizing their issues and doing something about it. They have struggled to win playoff series despite having a team consistently in the postseason, so they went out and got some more experience and firepower, mainly in the form of Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic. The team is currently 27–12, №3 in the Western Conference, and they keep making moves to win.
Because Conley is injured currently, having missed every game since the middle of December, the Jazz went out and traded for a proven scorer with playoff experience, Jordan Clarkson. Since joining the Jazz nine games ago, Clarkson is playing 25+ minutes per game and averaging 15.2 points per game. His 46.2 shooting percentage with Utah is the highest of his career. Their top scorer, Donovan Mitchell, missed their last game but is probable to play on Tuesday. Former lottery pick Emmanuel Mudiay stepped in during Mitchell’s absence, starting and scoring 14 points in Utah’s win over the Wizards. Utah is currently on a nine-game winning streak.
Nets Have Irving Back
The Brooklyn Nets are a middle-of-the-road team right now with an 18–20 record. They could be headed on a path to something better, though. Their best player, Kyrie Irving, returned from an injury recently and the team responded with a monster win in his first game back, beating Atlanta by 22 points. The Nets currently sit in the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference, and it’s likely that they’ll stay in the top eight spots throughout the year. The №9 seed is 5.5 games behind them, after all, and having Irving back is a big coup.
Before Irving came back into the mix, the Nets had lost seven of their last eight games. Overall, Brooklyn’s defense is their better unit, holding teams to just 43.3 percent shooting. They’re also coming off a game where they held the Hawks to 86 points, a really impressive feat in this day and age of NBA hoops. On offense, they’re having trouble all over the place, shooting just 44.1 percent from the floor (23rd in NBA) and 33 percent from beyond the arc (28th in the NBA).
Stats & Trends
- 16-6 ATS in the last 22 meetings vs. Nets.
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. Utah.
- 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Just because Kyrie Irving is back in the mix, you cannot count on the Brooklyn Nets to be consistently solid. A lot of people forget the Nets were just 4-7 with Kyrie in the lineup to start the season, including losses in the last three games he played in. On the flip side, the Utah Jazz are as solid as it gets, mostly because their defense, which is stingy on the road as much as at home. The Jazz are riding a nine-game winning streak into Tuesday's game, which includes more road wins than home wins and a 4-1 ATS road record. On offense, they're having their best month, averaging more than 117 points per game.