Utah Jazz (23-47, 15-19 home) vs Detroit Pistons (25-44, 10-23 road)
Tip Off @ 7:00 p.m. MST
Regular Season Series 2 of 2 (Jazz 1-0)
The Utah Jazz are coming off an emotional victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. Trey Burke hit a fade away three in the corner with a second left to put the Jazz on top and snap a six game losing streak. The win not only broke the losing streak, but put the Jazz in a three way tie for the fourth worst record in the league with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.
The Detroit Pistons on the other hand are still on their current losing streak, having lost five in a row and 13 in a row on the road. At 25-44, the Pistons who were once in playoff contention, find themselves 6 1/2 games back of the Atlanta Hawks with only 13 games remaining on the schedule.
The Pistons are on a current four game Western Conference road trip, where they have already seen the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers. All three of the losses were by an average of eight points. The Jazz will look to feed off their last game, a last second victory, while the Pistons look to avoid another road loss.
Key Matchup: The Bench
In a win against the Magic on Saturday night, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin used an eight man rotation. A key bench contributor, Alec Burks, was sidelined due to a left ankle sprain.
Burks, who was in a walking boot on Saturday, has already been ruled out for tonight’s game against Detroit. Since Burks will not be available, the Jazz will need to get production from other guys. However, expect Kanter to start alongside Favors tonight due to the matchup. Corbin has stated that he would change the starting lineup throughout the rest of the season depending on who the Jazz were up against. With Detroit starting Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, Kanter will most certainly be put into the starting lineup.
That means that Marvin Williams will be asked to be a key contributor off the bench. The Jazz usually turn to Burks as the scorer off the bench, without him, Marvin will need to do more.
The Jazz’s confidence should be higher after their last second win over the Magic. Trey Burke was fantastic in the win. I expect Trey to do more of the same tonight. Last game against the Pistons, Trey had one of his better games with 20 points and 12 assists.
Detroit, having seen their playoffs hope basically disappear, and having lost five games in a row, might not be very confident going in to tonight. Detroit is a mess. One would have thought that Detroit could have made a big move from last season by all the additions they made. A starting lineup that has Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith, Andre Drummond, and Greg Monroe in it, probably should have done a lot more damage in the Eastern Conference than they did.
Overall, I think Detroit will be looking forward to going home and might not be all their tonight. I look for the Jazz to really pull away in one of the quarters, specifically probably the second or third quarter.
Jazz 105, Pistons 92