The Utah Jazz go for a 10th straight win when they visit the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. Brooklyn comes into the game having won two straight.
Utah has gone on a tear over the past several weeks, going from early-season disappointment to the hottest team in the NBA. At 27-12, they sit behind only the Lakers in a highly talented Western Conference.
The team has continued to win games since they acquired Jordan Clarkson, a trade proving critical to the team’s success. And they have been doing all of this without Mike Conley, who has missed several weeks and was struggling while he was healthy. They look to keep it rolling on Tuesday night.
Brooklyn was able to get the victory in its last game, having now won two straight after a seven-game skid. The Nets will look to take another victory at home Tuesday night against Utah in Kyrie Irving’s second game back.
Irving and Caris LeVert are now both finally healthy and will look to keep things going. With Spencer Dinwiddie now starting alongside Irving, the two of them form quite the tandem in the backcourt, playing next to each other now for the first time.
The spread for Tuesday night’s game has the Jazz favored by one point. The moneyline is set at -118 for Utah and -105 for Brooklyn.
Trying For 10
In the absence of Conley, Joe Ingles has rejoined the starting lineup and is playing as well as he did last year. He and Royce O’Neale are both playing some great basketball, while Bojan Bogdanovic is scoring 21 points per game while shooting 90 percent from the line.
Bogdanovic and Donovan Mitchell have been anchoring the offense, while the Jazz have the No. 6 defense in the entire league as far as points allowed. Rudy Gobert has continued to play well, grabbing every rebound in sight and protecting the rim with effectiveness. This team should not be taken lightly, as the wins continue to come.
Rayjon Tucker was recently signed after the Jazz waived Jeff Green to give them bench minutes. Both Clarkson and Emmanuel Mudiay have been playing well over the last few weeks, leading the second unit.
Going For Three
The Nets have won their last two games since dropping seven in a row, trying to stay relevant in the playoff picture in the East. Orlando is the team they will be focused on trying to stay ahead of so they can avoid the Bucks in the opening round of the playoffs.
The conference is a lot better than it was a year ago, so more wins will be needed for them to get in. Though he has struggled mightily from beyond the arc, Dinwiddie has averaged 22 points and six assists per game this year, showing shades of All-Star-level play.
If the Nets can get a strong performance out of Irving Tuesday night, they could get the win. The game is going to be close.
Utah Wins In Close One
The Nets will not get the win Tuesday night, but the score will be close. Take the Jazz -1.
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