Utah Jazz: Cinderella Story in the Making??
By Francis S Estepan. March 7, 2018
The Utah Jazz will be battling the Indiana Pacers to keep their playoffs hope alive. The Jazz are 1 game out of the playoff picture with a record 34-30. With 18 games left to the season and sitting out looking in no game is an easy one. Both teams have a lot on the line coming up to this game. After finally dropping one after going on an 11 game winning streak, the Jazz look to pick up and get on another winning streak, already winners of 3.
The Pacers are in a Cinderella story of their own currently holding the 4th spot in the East only half a game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. Indy is also on a 3 game winning streak. Oladipo and Company have surprised the NBA and have proven that they can compete with anybody in their conference and outside off it. The Pacers have a great game flow and they are very unselfish. Oladipo can be considered their scoring leader but they have 6 other guys that average scoring in double digits.
If the Pacers lose this game they will drop to 37-28 and puts them in that 3 way mix with the Wizards and the 76ers.
Pacers’ Biggest Question: Last time they played Rudy Gobert nor Myles turner were there. How would that change the game today?
Just like the Pacers the Jazz are also very well balance and there is not a one man show. The Jazz also have 6 guys that average scoring double digits. Lead by Rookie of the Year Nominee Donovan Mitchell. One of the biggest stumbles that the Jazz have face this season have been injuries to their premier Frenchman Rudy Gobert, but with every game he is making strides.
A win here for the Jazz will put them on the toes of the Clippers and the Denver Nuggets. Both Clippers and Nuggets play the Cavaliers this week who are looking to hold their number 3 seed ahead of the Pacers.
Jazz’ Biggest Question: The Jazz held their opponents to under 100 points in 4 of the last 5 games. In those games they are 4-1. Indy averages 106, can the Jazz stand their defense to an offense that shot over 50% against them last game?
Predictions/ Key Matchups
Utah Jazz win: Is a big revenge week for the Houston Rockets. This is also a revenge game for the Jazz playing a team only twice a year makes the 2nd game that much exciting. There is nothing more rewarding that beating a team in their home that once beat you at your home. Neither Tuner nor Gobert played last game. That will the matchup to watch.
Rudy Gobert: 13 Ppg, 104 Rpg, 1.4 Apg, 2.3 Blpg (89 blocks)
Myles Turner: 13.2 Ppg, 6.9 Rpg, 1.5 Apg, 2 Blpg (94 blocks)
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