The Utah Jazz are currently holding onto the longest winning streak in the league, looking to extend it to eleven games as they host the struggling Phoenix Suns. The Suns, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a seventh straight loss. This game between the Jazz and Suns will mark the third of four times that they will battle each other this season.
The Jazz and the Suns have met up a grand total of 193 times in the past as the Suns won 100 games while the Utah team won 93 games. February 2 was the last time they saw each other as the Jazz handed the Suns a 129 to 97 blowout loss. During that game, Donovan Mitchell scored 40 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, gave out 6 assists, and committed 2 steals while Josh Jackson finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Brandon Knight (knee)
Alan Williams (knee)
Tyson Chandler (neck; 6.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.1 APG, 62.4 FG%)
Josh Gray (coach’s decision; 6.4 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.4 APG, 26.8 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Davon Reed (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 20.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Danuel House (G-League; 4.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 37.3 FG%, 25.8 3P%)
Alec Peters (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 20.8 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
Dante Exum (shoulder)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Naz Mitrou-Long (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Georges Niang (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 53.7 FG%)
Ricky Rubio (hip; 12.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.2 APG, 41.0 FG%, 32.4 3P%)
Erik McCree (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
The Utah Jazz would have the upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-three percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Phoenix Suns at thirty-eight percent shooting. Joe Ingles ended up scoring 13 points which included 3 three-pointers. He also had one offensive rebound, one defensive rebound, one assist, and two steals while rookie Royce O’Neale contributed with 12 points. He did that on sixty-three percent shooting while Derrick Favors collected nine points and nine rebounds. Donovan Mitchell had seven points while Rudy Gobert earned himself eight defensive rebounds. Newly-acquired forward Jae Crowder played 13 minutes off of the bench but only had three points.
As for the Suns, Devin Booker chalked up 11 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the first quarter. He also had four defensive rebounds and two assists while Elfrid Payton helped out with four points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block. The fourth pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft Dragan Bender had one three-pointer at the beginning of the game as he went on to get ahold of three defensive rebounds. Josh Jackson played the most minutes off of the bench as he lit the floor up with 15 points but it was still the Utah team who went into halftime with a 50 to 41 advantage.
The Suns would not give up, though, as they completed forty-nine percent of their shots while the Jazz ended up shooting forty-two percent from the field. Booker continued to add to his scoring total as he posted up 17 more points on fifty percent shooting. He had four three-pointers in the third period while Alex Len came alive for 12 points. Elfrid Payton dished out ten assists while putting up nine points. Jackson played 20 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just seven points.
On the other end of the court, Mitchell earned 17 more points as nailed 3 three-pointers and collected three rebounds and three assists. Gobert had ten more points and nine rebounds while Derrick Favors earned nine points. Crowder played the most minutes off of the bench to collect 12 more points as the Utah Jazz survive, 107 to 97, extending their winning streak to eleven games. Donovan Mitchell finished the game with 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists while Devin Booker had 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The Utah Jazz will host Damian Lillard (25.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.5 APG, 44 FG%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (31-26) on Friday at 9:00 p.m. The matchup will mark the third of four meetings between these two teams this season. The Jazz and the Trail Blazers have fought each other a total of 214 in the past as the Jazz won 112 games while the Trail Blazers were held to just 102 wins. February 11 was the last time they met up as the Utah Jazz pulled away with a 115 to 96 win. Donovan Mitchell finished that game with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while Damian Lillard had 39 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and one block.
The Phoenix Suns will host Lou Williams (23.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (29-26) on Friday at 9:00 p.m. This will be the third of four times that these two teams will meet up this season. The Suns and the Clippers have played each other a total of 221 times as the Suns won 134 games while the Clippers were kept to just 87 victories. December 20 was the last time they met up as the Clippers defeated the Suns, 108 to 95. During that game, Austin Rivers had 21 points, 6 rebounds, and one block while T.J. Warren scored 22 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, gave out 4 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot.