The Utah Jazz (34-11) have won five straight games, and 19 straight home games. Utah is coming off back-to-back wins against the Memphis Grizzlies, and will be playing their third game in four nights. The Jazz are looking very much like the best team in the league, and a true contender.
The Cleveland Cavaliers (17-29) are coming off back-to-back losses including a heartbreaking loss at the buzzer to the Sacramento Kings. They will also be playing their third game in four nights. After dealing Javale McGee and buying out Andre Drummond, Cleveland has committed to their youth movement. Their young core, led by Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, and recently acquired Jarrett Allen, is dynamic. They’ve been able to pull off big wins against contending teams, healthy Philadelphia and Brooklyn squads. That said, the Cavs have lost three of their last four, and they are a young, rebuilding team.
When: Monday, March 29th, 2021. 7:00 P.M. MT
Where: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone
What to Watch For
Battle of the Backcourts
The Utah Jazz backcourt of Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell, with Jordan Clarkson coming off the bench, has been arguably the best guard rotation in the league. Two All-Stars and the leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year is a tall order for opposing defenses to deal with.
Donovan Mitchell has been on a serious hot streak recently. Since the All-Star break, he’s been averaging 30.3 points, 6.1 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 50% from the field, 45% from three, and 90% from the free throw line. We’ve seen him get into a zone like this before, and it seems like the only person capable of getting him out of it is himself. How long will it keep up this time?
On the other side, you have Cleveland’s two scoring leaders and assist leaders starting at the guard positions. Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, or ‘Sexland’ as they’re called by fans, have both shone a lot of skill and potential this year. The last time these two teams matched up, both Sexton and Garland were out with injuries, so this will be Jazz fans’ first opportunity to see them up close this season. They have the capability to put on a real show, so it will be interesting to see how Utah deals with them.
The Utah Jazz’ current five game winning streak is the longest running streak in the league. Can they add to it tonight? Vote your predictions below.
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Jazz win by double digits
Jazz win by single digits
Cavs win by single digits
Cavs win by double digits