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Utah Jazz vs. Detroit Pistons preview

Surging Jazz face the lowly Detroit Pistons

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Lake Hale Lake Hale is a staff writer for SLC Dunk, covering the Utah Jazz since 2022. He currently is a communications major at Utah Valley University and has been watching Jazz games since he was 9 years old

The 15-19 Utah Jazz face the 3-30 Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. This game features the trending upward Jazz vs. a team that just got its first win in 2 months. One might think that this has the vibe of a blowout win where you can turn the game off by the 3rd quarter, it’s certainly possible but I get the vibe this could be an interesting game. Let’s preview this game and talk about an injury report, the matchup, and more.

Preview:

Detroit is far from a good team, might be one of the worst teams we’ve seen in years. They’re 3-30, they broke the record for most losses in a row recently, and Monty Williams genuinely looks lost as a coach. With that said, Detroit recently beat a good Toronto team, has young star Cade Cunningham, and recently took a great Boston team to overtime. Detroit has some very interesting pieces on their roster, they’re led by Cade Cunningham who is averaging 23 points and 7.3 assists per game. They also have former Jazz vets Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks, as well as 1st-round pick Ausar Thompson.

The Jazz are coming off a blowout win over a good Dallas win. More important than the win was Jordan Clarkson getting a triple-double and breaking the curse! Of all the players on the Jazz to break it I love that it’s him. I digress though, the Jazz have been playing well recently, Collin Sexton has been excellent in his role as a starter, Lauri continues to shine, and Simone Fontecchio has taken a leap and is shooting the ball well and defending well. The Jazz struggled to start the season but have figured things out as they continue to get healthy. Let’s be real here, the Jazz should win this game.

Injury report:

Utah

*no injured players

Detroit

Isaiah Stewart is out with a toe injury

Stanley Umude is a game-time decision

Matchup of the game:

Lauri Markkanen vs. Cade Cunningham

Not a matchup in position but the best player vs. the best player is always a pleasure to watch. While Lauri is a much better shooter, Cade is an elite playmaker and has recently turned down his turnovers. I can assume both of them will have good games tomorrow.

How to watch:

Utah Jazz vs. Detroit Pistons

Wednesday, January 3rd, @ 7 MST.

The game can be watched on Jazz+ or KJZZ or heard on 97.5 FM