Utah Jazz Weekly Preview

November 1 – November 4
Previous Week’s Record: 1-0 (Dallas)
Season Record: 1-0
 
Utah Jazz at New Orleans Hornets
Date: Friday, November 2
Location: New Orleans Arena
TV:
Root Sports, 6 PM Utah Time

 

Stats Comparison:

One game each and here is how they fared:

Jazz Hornets
Stats NBA Ranking Stats NBA Ranking
113 PPG 3rd 95 PPG 11th
61 RPG 1st 43 RPG 12th
24 APG 6th 26 APG 6th
94 PAPG 11th 99 PAPG 15th
*PPG – Points per game     RPG – Rebounds     APG – Assists     PAPG – Points Allowed

How they match up:

These teams are dramatically different right now.  The Hornets finished worst in the Western Conference a season ago and were rewarded with two lottery picks that turned into 1st overall pick Anthony Davis and 10th overall pick Austin Rivers.

The Jazz went a different route and shed dead weight players in the forms of CJ Miles, Devin Harris, and Josh Howard and picked up Mo Williams, Marvin Williams, and Randy Foye.

One team got even younger; the other older.  One is being built to win in the future; the other built to win now. Make no mistake, the Hornets will be good, and it probably won’t be too far off, but they don’t have the solid veteran leadership to get them there now.  The Jazz are built to make a run and with their mix of youth and experience, they can be very noisy now.

The Hornets beat the Jazz two of three last season, getting both wins in their own arena and if the Jazz have had an Achilles Heel, its that they tend to play down to their competition and lose head-scratching games like these last year.  But the team is different this year with proven winners and guys who are mentally tough and I feel the Jazz will be better prepared to keep the focus after a big opening night win and a looming next night match up against their 1st round Playoff foe from a season ago.

Prediction: Jazz win in New Orleans

Utah Jazz at San Antonio Spurs
Date: Saturday, November 3
Location: AT&T Center
TV:
Root Sports, 6:30 PM Utah Time

 

Stats Comparison:

One game each and here is how they fared:

Jazz Spurs
Stats NBA Ranking Stats NBA Ranking
113 PPG 3rd 99 PPG 7th
61 RPG 1st 43 RPG 12th
24 APG 6th 22 APG 10th
94 PAPG 11th 95 PAPG 13th
*PPG – Points per game     RPG – Rebounds     APG – Assists     PAPG – Points Allowed

How they match up:

Okay, I understand that we’ve only played one game and man, oh man, the Jazz looked good.  Yes, I understand that Manu Ginobli is hurt and probably isn’t going to play in this game.  Sure, the Jazz have youth, and size, and now they can shoot the ball.  But let’s face it Jazz Nation, this is the Spurs.  They have our team’s number.  Sure, the current make up of this team probably doesn’t get swept last season in the first round, but they weren’t going to win more than one game either.

The Spurs still have Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, and they have a nice young group of players that compliment the veterans well in Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter, and Matt Bonner.   And they have the ultimate Ace in the Sleeve – Coach Pop.

The Jazz will be more competitive with the Spurs this season.  I don’t feel they care much about the history of this series, and lets face it, the pieces that really matter are getting older.  With time, hopefully not too much of it, the Jazz may even come to own this series for a while, but for now, this game is being played in San Antonio and the Jazz still don’t have a recipe for winning at the AT&T Center.

Prediction: Jazz lose in San Antonio

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