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GAME PREVIEW: Jazz vs Nets

GAME PREVIEW: Jazz vs Nets



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AP photoSALT LAKE CITY -- As they return from successfully wrapping up a short two-game road trip, the Jazz will try to string two wins together as they take on the New Jersey Nets Saturday night in Salt Lake City.

After losing to the Nuggets for the third time this season Jan. 17, the Jazz traveled to San Antonio Jan. 20 and wrapped up their season series with the Spurs in a 105-98 comeback win. The sweep was just the second time in NBA history that the Jazz tallied a perfect record against the Spurs, and was the first time that any team has done so since Tim Duncan's rookie season.

KSL takes a look back and ahead as we prep for the game against the Nets.

Game 43
Utah Jazz (24-18)
vs New Jersey Nets (3-39)
Date: Saturday January 23, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. MT
Site: EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
TV: FSN Utah: Comcast - Ch. 52 (HD Ch. 693); DIRECTV - Ch. 684 (HD Ch. 684-1); DISH - Ch. 445 (HD Ch. TBD)
Radio: 1320 AM KFAN or 98.7 FM
Season Series Record: Jazz 1, Nets 0
Last Season Series Record: Jazz 1, Nets 1
Last Meeting: 12/16 - UTA 108 @ NJN 92
What did we learn about the Jazz against the San Antonio Spurs?

  • The Jazz have thus far performed better against the Spurs than against any other team in the league this season, and claimed their first win at the AT&T Center after 20 straight losses in San Antonio. For reasons unknown, Carlos Boozer has also had numerous outstanding performances against the Spurs. In their final matchup of the season, Boozer racked up 31 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead the Jazz to their latest victory.
  • To make their win over the Spurs even sweeter, the Jazz stopped Duncan one-point shy of achieving the 20,000th point of his career at home in San Antonio. Despite pregame guarantees from Dick Vital that Duncan would tally his 15 remaining points before the end of the game, Utah's solid defense and aggressive offense prevented the all-star from doing so as he fouled out with 30 seconds left on the clock.
  • With another tough stretch of games on the way for the Jazz, Thursday's win over the Spurs was about as big as it could have been. Not only did they sweep a team that has had their number for numerous consecutive seasons, they clinched the final game of the series on the road after giving up an early double-digit lead.

What can the Jazz expect from the Nets?

  • The Nets have not been able to claim a win thus far into 2010, and are sitting dead last in the league with a 3-39 overall record after falling 79-111 to the Warriors Friday night. With just one win coming on the road for New Jersey this season, the game should be an automatic chalk-up in Utah's win column, but if any team knows about respecting every opponent, it's the Jazz. As Utah tries to worsen New Jersey's record by one more game, they will attempt to improve their own record to 25-18.
  • The Jazz beat the Nets 108-92 in the teams' first meeting of the season Dec. 16 in New Jersey behind double-double performances from Boozer and Deron Williams. Boozer tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds on the night, while Williams put up 20 points and 14 assists. Brook Lopez achieved a double-double for New Jersey with 23 points and 10 rebounds, but with just two other guys in double figures, the Nets weren't able to get by the Jazz.

Probable Jazz starting lineup

  • C - Mehmet Okur, 6-11, 273 lbs., Turkey
  • PF - Carlos Boozer, 6-9, 260 lbs., Duke
  • SF - Andrei Kirilenko, 6-9, 235 lbs., Russia
  • SG - Ronnie Brewer, 6-7, 236 lbs., Arkansas
  • PG - Deron Williams, 6-3, 207 lbs., Illinois

Probable Nets starting lineup

  • C - Brook Lopez, 7-0, 265 lbs., Stanford
  • PF - Yi Jianlian, 7-0, 250 lbs., China
  • SF - Chris Douglas-Roberts, 6-7, 210 lbs., Memphis
  • SG - Courtney Lee, 6-5, 200 lbs., Western Kentucky
  • PG - Devin Harris, 6-3, 190 lbs., Wisconsin

Nets leaders

Brook Lopez, 19.1 ppg, 9.5 rpg / Devin Harris, 15.3 ppg, 5.0 apg

Jazz Injury Updates

  • Kyrylo Fesenko - (ankle) OUT

Nets Injury Updates

  • No injuries reported

Conclusion

Utah's win over the Spurs put them back in the No. 7 seat in the Western Conference and moved their road record to 8-12. The Suns, who have tallied a 25-19 overall record, are up next on Utah's schedule, and are just one seat behind the Jazz in the current standings.

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