Both the Utah Jazz (19-28) and the Detroit Pistons (22-23) have seen their fair share of struggles in 2018. The Jazz are 3-7 in January while the Pistons, who were once in the playoff picture, are now below .500 and currently ninth in the East thanks to a 2-8 start to the new year.
For one of these teams, the losing will end (at least for one night). The Jazz hope they will be the ones to end their misery and show that they can, in fact, win a road game in the NBA after amassing just five road wins in 24 tries.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 • 5:00 PM MST
Where: Little Caesars Arena • Detroit, MI
TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
Radio: 1280 and 97.5 The Zone
Dante Exum - OUT (Shoulder)
Rodney Hood - OUT (Leg)
Reggie Jackson - OUT (Ankle)
Reggie Bullock - Questionable (Thumb)
What To Watch For:
Donovan Mitchell Dunks
After missing out on a nomination for the Slam Dunk Contest, Mitchell might end up attempting a few more dunks just to show off what All-Star Weekend is going to be missing out on. Everyone on the Pistons should be on their guard or they’ll end up on a poster the way Zach Randolph did.
Utah’s Road Offense (or perhaps lack thereof)
At home, the Jazz score 103.9 points per game. That drops significantly when the team ventures outside of Vivint Arena; all the way to 99.4. It’s one of the many reasons Utah has just five road wins to their credit this season.
It is possible for the Jazz to score on the road. Just last week they posted 120 points in Sacramento. When this team has energy and executes properly, they can go off on anyone. But no one on Earth has yet to figure out how to consistently get good execution out of this team.
Most Likely Jazz Killer: Andre Drummond
The Piston’s center just got snubbed, in his mind, from the All-Star game and was openly unhappy about it.
Guess I gotta start doing back flips after every point I score to get attention around here!— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) January 24, 2018
Lmao on to the next
Some guys go ham the game after they get snubbed and the Jazz could be the unfortunate victims of such a performance. Drummond already has three 20/20 games this year and only missed out on a couple more because he couldn’t scrounge up 20 points.
Luckily, we have Rudy Gobert as the front line of defense, which should limit Drummond’s ability to turn anger into pure dominance.