The Utah Jazz (27-12, 3rd in the West) will continue their latest road trip tonight, taking on the Brooklyn Nets (18-20, 8th in the East). The Jazz will be hoping to take their win streak into double digits with their 10th straight while the Nets are looking to get a streak of their own going, having won their last two outings against the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks.
Everything was clicking for Brooklyn their last time out, when they had six players in double digit scoring figures and no one played more than 24 minutes en route to a 108-86 drubbing of Atlanta. The Jazz aren’t the Hawks, though, and the Nets will face a much stiffer test on both ends of the floor.
When: Tuesday January 14th, 2020 • 5:30 PM MT
Where: Barclays Center • Brooklyn, NY
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone, 96.9 FM THE GAME
What to watch for
The return of Kyrie Irving
Irving was shut down for nearly two months with a shoulder injury shortly after the Jazz-Nets meeting on November 12. He missed 26 games, during which time the Nets went 13-13. The Irving-less Nets still showed some spunk, though, with wins over the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. Kyrie or no Kyrie, this was going to be a tough game either way.
Irving didn’t waste any time knocking off the rust in Brooklyn’s last outing, knocking down 10 of 11 shots for 21 points in under 20 minutes on the floor while the Nets blew out the hapless Atlanta Hawks.
Kyrie didn’t have his best game earlier this year against the Jazz. He finished with 27 points, but on 10-of-30 shooting, including just 2-of-12 from 3 while the Nets fell 119-114. Utah may need to force a similar performance tonight to get a similar outcome.
Also returning from illness tonight after a one-game absence will be Donovan Mitchell, who is listed as probable for this game.
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