When: 7:00MT • Tuesday October 2nd, 2018
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena · Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: 1280 AM/97.5 FM The Zone
Trey Lewis - Left Ankle - Doubtful
Derrick Favors - Illness - Questionable
Raul Neto - Right Hamstring - OUT
Dante Exum - Right Knee Soreness - OUT
OG Anunoby, Personal Reason - Questionable
What to watch for
Kawhi Leonard is playing!
The new look Raptors are as interesting a team as any out there and Jazz fans get a front row seat to see how they are gelling. All eyes are on Kawhi Leonard and if he’s healthy. Because when healthy he’s a top-5 level talent and has the ability to carry them to the Eastern Conference Finals and beyond.
How will Kawhi fit alongside Kyle Lowry? It’s easy to see the Raptors going deep into the playoffs if Kawhi and Lowry build chemistry.
For the Jazz, it’s another chance to see some of the bench players get time. They were electric against an NBL team. Will they be just as good against NBA talent?
Is Grayson Allen another draft steal?
Grayson Allen was impressive against the Perth Wildcats hitting five strait threes. Can he keep up the shooting against NBA level talent? If he can, we’re looking at a steal in the late first round AGAIN.
It will also be nice to see Allen get more minutes alongside other bench rotation players like Royce O’neale and Alec Burks. It’s too bad Dante Exum is out with leg soreness because they looked to already have good chemistry together. That’s also been helped by Allen shooting lights out so far.
Allen will also get to play with Georges Niang who also has a chance to make an impact for the Jazz with his shooting. With all this depth of potency for the Jazz, the story of the season may well be the Jazz bench creating leads that lead to a lot of regular season wins.