The Utah Jazz are looking to grab a third straight victory tonight as they battle the Detroit Pistons at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. They are coming fresh off a 120-107 win they took over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. The Pistons, on the other hand, are recovering from a 136-109 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, as well. Tonight will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Jazz and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 98 times in the past as the Jazz won 63 games while the Pistons were limited to 35 wins.
-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knees; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (foot; 10.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 41.1 3P%
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Mike Conley (hamstring; 13.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.6 APG, 36.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%)
-Ed Davis (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 39.3 FG%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (G-League)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG)
The game would be competitive in the first half as the Jazz shot thirty-three percent from the field while the Pistons shot thirty-seven percent. Donovan Mitchell scored 11 points but missed seven of his ten shots attempted. He did have a three-pointer, though, while Rudy Gobert recorded six points and 11 rebounds. Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale combined for just five points while Bojan Bogdanovic contributed with six points. Newly-acquired player Jordan Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench as he had nine points.
On the other end of the floor, Derrick Rose chalked up 11 points off the bench on fifty-percent shooting. Andre Drummond was limited to just six points but managed to record 7 rebounds, one assist, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. Svi Mykhailiuk also scored six points while Tony Snell had two points. Christian Wood played 11 minutes off the bench but only had three points as the Pistons went into the locker room with a 40-39 lead.
The Utah Jazz would go on a huge 65 to 41 run to close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field. During that run, Mitchell collected 12 more points to add to his scoring total while Bogdanovic had 11 points. Gobert scored seven more points, finishing with 13 for the night. Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench as he had 11 points.
As for the visiting team, both Mykhailiuk and Drummond scored nine points each while Derrick Rose also had nine points off the bench. Wood played 16 minutes off the bench but only chalked up eight points as the Jazz handed the Pistons a blowout loss, 104-81. Donovan Mitchell finished the game with 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while Derrick Rose had 20 points, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.
The Detroit Pistons will head to California to battle Kawhi Leonard (25.6 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 5.1 APG, 45.5 FG%, 36.9 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (23-11) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. This will mark the first of two times that they will play each other this season.
The Utah Jazz will go to Illinois to take on Zach LaVine (23.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 43.1 FG%, 39.6 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (13-20) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the first of two times that these ball clubs will see each other this season.