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The Brooklyn Nets will have their hands full against the highest rated offence in the NBA. The Utah Jazz has the two-way play to overcome Brooklyn, especially with Irving unavailable.
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|Utah Jazz||Head-to-Head||Brooklyn Nets|
|Quin Snyder||Head Coach||Steve Nash|
|44-26 (4th in West)||Standing||37-34 (8th in East)|
|116.6 (1st of 30)||Off Rtg||113.0 (11th of 30)|
|109.8 (9th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.8 (22nd of 30)|
|97.7 (19th of 30)||Pace||98.9 (11th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Mitchell (25.7)||PPG||K. Durant (29.4)|
|R. Gobert (14.8)||RPG||A. Drummond (9.6)|
|D. Mitchell (5.5)||APG||K. Durant (6.0)|
|D. Mitchell (1.5)||SPG||K. Irving (1.4)|
|R. Gobert (2.2)||BPG||N. Claxton (1.1)|
|R. Gobert (.712)/D. Mitchell (9.2)||FG%/FGM||N. Claxton (.643)/K. Durant (10.5)|
|R. O’Neale (.413)/D. Mitchell (3.5)||3P%/3PM||K. Irving (.430)/S. Curry (3.3)|
|Udoka Azubuike||Utah Jazz||16 Mar 2022||Out (Ankle)||Azubuike suffered a severe sprain and is expected to miss an extended period of time.|
|Bojan Bogdanovic||Utah Jazz||19 Mar 2022||Out (Calf)||Bogdanovic was OUT for Utah’s Sunday (Mar 20) game.|
|Mike Conley||Utah Jazz||19 Mar 2022||Out (Injury Maintenance)||Conley was OUT for Utah’s Sunday (Mar 20) game.|
|Trent Forrest||Utah Jazz||19 Mar 2022||Day to Day (Wrist)||Forrest was QUESTIONABLE for Utah’s Sunday (Mar 20) game.|
|Danuel House Jr.||Utah Jazz||19 Mar 2022||Out (Knee)||House Jr. was OUT for Utah’s Sunday (Mar 20) game.|
|Hassan Whiteside||Utah Jazz||19 Mar 2022||Day to Day (Illness)||Whiteside was QUESTIONABLE for Utah’s Sunday (Mar 20) game.|
|Ben Simmons||Brooklyn Nets||26 Feb 2022||Out (Back)||There is no timetable for Simmons’ return.|
|Joe Harris||Brooklyn Nets||3 Mar 2022||Out (Ankle)||Harris will miss the rest of the season as he recovers from ankles surgery.|
|LaMarcus Aldridge||Brooklyn Nets||12 Mar 2022||Out (Hip)||Aldridge will miss at least another week.|
|Kyrie Irving||Brooklyn Nets||17 Mar 2022||Out (Ineligible)||Irving will be ineligible to play against the Jazz.|
The Utah Jazz may have some lingering injuries, but that won’t change what they need to do to defeat the Brooklyn Nets. Fortunately for Utah, they are uniquely equipped to take advantage of Brooklyn’s biggest weaknesses.
It’s no secret that Brooklyn’s strength is in the opportunities created by their stars. However, Brooklyn’s weakness is when they are held to one shot, evidenced by their 4.9 assist, and 2.2 rebound disparity in losses.
All eyes will be on the Utah wing defenders to contain the perimeter and recover, as well as the big men to grab the rebound. So long as Utah aren’t drawn out due to lazy perimeter defending, they should come out with a victory.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 13, 2022
Considering the day-to-day status of All-Star Donovan Mitchell, reigning Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson eagerly steps up to make up for the star man’s absence. Against the Nets, his scoring will be needed to match the pace.
In his last game, a win over the LA Clippers, Clarkson put up 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals off the bench. He was a plus-27 off the bench, while playing a crucial role in Utah’s 41-14 point second quarter effort.
The Nets are an adept scoring team, so Clarkson’s ability to support Utah’s offence will be needed to spell the Jazz stars. He was decently efficient in his last game, shooting 8-17, but it was his contributions in other areas that opened up his scoring opportunities.
The Utah Jazz is a very responsible team on both ends of the court. Brooklyn will be hard-pressed to change Utah’s production. However the Jazz have shown weakness when forced into errors.
The Jazz’s offence is diverse, but they employ certain lineups that can be exploited. In losses, the Jazz commit 14.2 turnovers while shooting just 43.8% from the field. They are generally intelligent with their shot selection, so Brooklyn’s defence needs to be on point.
Owning a decent stable of paint protectors, the Nets merely need to be smart with their ball pressure to stop the Utah Jazz. It is easier said than done, considering Brooklyn rank in the bottom third of the NBA in turnovers forced.
SETH CURRY is putting on a SHOW‼️
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) March 19, 2022
The Brooklyn Nets welcomed Seth Curry back into the lineup, which helped them to victory in their last game. Despite missing three games, Curry returned as if he hadn’t missed a beat.
In a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Curry was fantastic on the offensive end. The Nets sharpshooter posted 27 points on 9 of 14 shooting from the field. He was dead on from three-point range, converting on 7 of 11 attempts from deep.
Against one of the best three-point defending teams in the NBA, Curry’s range will be crucial to the Nets’ chances at victory. If he can’t help punish the Jazz defence from range, Brooklyn will
struggle break them down from other areas.
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|Utah Jazz vs Brooklyn Nets Information|
|Who||Utah Jazz vs. Brooklyn Nets|
|Where||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York|
|When||7:30 PM EST, March 21st, 2022|
|How to Watch||NBA TV|
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