Utah Jazz at Atlanta Hawks Preview
The Atlanta Hawks have already been eliminated from playoff contention, but they’re still looking to build with their young team and they’ll be looking to bust their skid against a team that is looking to continue their climb up the Western Conference standings.
The Utah Jazz are 42-29 on the season, they are 7-3 in their last 10 and have won five straight. With the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder both losing last night, the Jazz leapfrogged into the fifth spot in the Western Conference. The Hawks are 12 in the East with a 24-48 record. They have lost their last three consecutive games and are 3-7 in their last 10 games.
The Hawks and Jazz last met on February 1, with the Jazz taking the win 128-112. Rudy Gobert led the way with 25 points and 13 rebounds. John Collins paced the Hawks with 19 points.
Time: 7:30pm ET
Arena: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
Channel: ATTSN-RM, FSSE-ATL
Utah Jazz Starting Lineup
The Utah Jazz’s five-game win streak has put them in great position at a crucial part of the season just before the season. Aside from picking up important wins, they’ve done so by showcasing their defense, allowing just the New York Knicks to score more than 100 points against them recently.
“I think our style has been to play really good defense and then find some ways to get some offensive runs going,” Utah’s Kyle Korver said. “We’ve done that the last few games and I think closing out games has been key for us. We’re doing all right. We’re doing better.”
Their most recent win came last night against the Knicks, as they won 137-116 in a high-scoring affair. Donovan Mitchell led six double-figure scorers with 30 points. Rudy Gobert added 18 points and nine rebounds, while Joe Ingles also chipped in 18.
The Jazz have always been able to score, but adding defense on top of that could prove dangerous come playoff time.
Atlanta Hawks Starting Lineup
The Hawks will be looking to avoid a regular-season sweep against the Jazz tonight.
Atlanta fought hard in a game in which they were overmatched on Tuesday night with the Houston Rockets. They made a game of it in the first half, but the Rockets distanced themselves in the second half. Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce called it a frustrating night.
“You come in with a mentality to attack and get annoyed trying to get free throws. It’s frustrating for our guys,” Pierce said. “I thought we competed, we had some turnovers at bad times, but the difference in the free throw battle hurts us.”
The Hawks had no answer for Houston’s trio of James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela, who all had double-doubles in the win.
As they have most of the season John Collins and Trae Young led the Hawks. Collins had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Young had 21 points and 12 assists. Taurean Prince added 16, and the Hawks also had big efforts off the bench from Vince Carter and DeAndre’ Bembry, who had 15 and 14 points apiece.
Utah Jazz at Atlanta Hawks Betting Odds
The Jazz are seven-point favorites to win tonight’s game on the road. Utah is 18-17 on the road and 34-19 as the favorite. The Hawks are 13-22 at home and 21-44 as the underdog.
The over/under is 226.5 points and the Jazz are -280 on the moneyline.
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