LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visit Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz tonight; as the Jazz continue their murderous, playoff stealing, December. Fresh off a loss to the World Champion, Warriors, the Jazz get a shot at the runner-ups. Historically, the Jazz have played well against James and his teams, especially in Utah. James has not won a game in Salt Lake since 2011. James is well aware of his drought in Salt Lake:
"I need a win here. I suck here," James said before the Cleveland Cavaliers' morning shoot-around Saturday. "I personally don't suck, but my team sucks when we come here. We cannot win a game. So hopefully we can change that."
When: Saturday, December 30, 2017, 6:00 p.m. MST
Where: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
Radio: 1280 and 97.5 The Zone
Rudy Gobert - OUT (knee)
Raul Neto- OUT (concussion and knee)
Dante Exum - OUT (shoulder)
Isaiah Thomas - OUT (hip)
Derrick Rose- OUT (ankle)
John Holland- OUT (shoulder)
Iman Shumpert- OUT (knee)
What to Watch For:
The Cavaliers are 6-4 in their last ten games, including two straight losses. The Cavaliers lost to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. James and the Cavs will not want to lose three games in a row, including two games against sub .500 teams. I expect a big night from James tonight, they have been losing games they shouldn't and he hasn’t won in Utah since 2011. LeBron, as the best player in the NBA can take over any game at anytime, I expect nothing less from him tonight.
Also today is LeBron’s birthday, I imagine he usually gets what he wants on his birthday.
It’s hard to know what to watch for from our Jazz. This season has been such a mess that really anything can happened and I would not be surprised. The Jazz last six losses have been more than by 19+ points. They have been UGLY. Then again, the same team has beat the Boston Celtics, and the San Antonio Spurs this month. What team will show up tonight?
Let’s hope our role players who have been asked to be more than role players can step up and provide a spark this game. Let’s hope that Donovan Mitchell will get out of his mini-slump and provide the leadership on the offensive end to keep the team in the game. Let’s hope that Derrick Favors as the longest tenured Jazz player can provide leadership on the defensive end and keep Kevin Love in check.
All I really want is a competitive game. I don’t want a game where the Jazz have no chance, like we have seen in so many of their games this month. December is almost over, Jazz, you can do it, hold on for one more game.
Let’s go Donovan, show your place as the new king!
Who wins tonight?
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