Utah Jazz (23-48, 15-20 home) vs Memphis Grizzlies (42-28, 19-14)
Tip Off @ 8:30 p.m. MST
Regular Season Series Game 3 of 3 (Grizzlies lead 2-0)
In two games this season against the Utah Jazz, the Memphis Grizzlies have won both by ten points each. They look to finish the season sweep tonight in Utah, something they haven’t been able to do against the Jazz since the 2004-2005 season.
The Jazz are in a struggle right now, as they have lost 12 of their last 14 games. The most recent loss came on Monday night when the Jazz hosted the Detroit Pistons. The defense from the Jazz was almost non-existent, as they let the Pistons shoot a season high 55.4% from the field and snap a 13 game road losing streak. Memphis looks to go for their third win in a row after taking down the Minnesota Timberwolves in their game on Monday night.
Key Matchup: Trey Burke vs Mike Conley
Conley is probably one of the most underrated point guards in the NBA. By saying that, I mean that he is one of the better point guards in the league that no one really talks about. Not only that, he has seemingly loved playing against the Jazz this season. In two games this year, Conley has averaged 12.0 points and 6.0 assists per game. The most impressive stat line for Conley against the Jazz is that he is well above his season average in steals. For the season, Conley is averaging 1.5 steals per game. In two games against the Jazz, he is averaging 3.5.
Trey hasn’t been a slouch against the Grizzlies either, though. In two games against Memphis, Trey is averaging 17.0 points and 5.5 assists per game. However, Trey has not been able to record a single steal in two games. Something that Trey has done well over the Jazz’s last five games is shoot well from three point range. The game against the Pistons, Trey went 0-4 from beyond the arc. However, over the last five games he is shooting 42.1% from three.
Trey should have a pretty good game tonight, but Conley will give him fits. Conley is quick and can shoot the ball pretty well. It’ll be good to see how Trey, as well as the whole team, responds after a poor showing against the Pistons.
The Grizzlies are the better team in this match up. However, the best way to sum this game us is, the team that has nothing to lose late in the season are the most dangerous teams to play. That is what you get in this game. The Grizzlies are trying to hang on to a playoff spot, and the Jazz are headed to the lottery. The Jazz have nothing to lose and could end up surprising a team.
As nice as it would be to see the Jazz pull off a win tonight, I don’t see it happening. Alec Burks, who has been a key role player off the bench, is doubtful for tonight’s game. Without Alec, you lose that spark off the bench that the Jazz so desperately need. Also, expect Enes Kanter to get the start alongside Derrick Favors, which means that Marvin Williams will be the sixth man tonight.
Grizzlies 101, Jazz 91