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Toronto Raptors vs Utah Jazz Game Preview

Game 60: Jazz (28-31) @ Raptors (39-19)
Location: Air Canada Centre • Toronto, ON
Time: 5:30 p.m. (MT)
TV: ROOT Sports • Radio: 1280 AM / 97.5 FM

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz keep on keepin' on, on this East road trip and will face the Toronto Raptors tonight. T-Dot is like Boston, but better across the board. Kyle Lowry is better than Isaiah Thomas. DeMar DeRozan is better than Avery Bradley. Luis Scola is better than Amir Johnson. And Jonas Valanciunas is better than Jared Sullinger. They have a better bench, a better home record, and is a way better team. The Jazz had trouble finishing the game against the Celtics. They will have trouble staying with the Toronto Raptors. T-Dot has the 5th best ORTG and 11th best DRTG. Utah isn't far off with the 13th best ORTG and 12th best DRTG. But the disparity on offense is what's going to be explored here tonight.

Toronto isn't fast (27th in pace), but they have two guys averaging 20+ ppg for the season (Lowry and DeRozan), and they get to the line a ton. If the Jazz can play defense without fouling then things could be okay.

Utah has to slow the pace down, and control the glass. That's been the killer of late. And it's a team rebounding thing, not just a Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors thing. (This is probably where they miss Alec Burks a bit more than we would think.) If Utah can do those two things, and minimize transition opportunities, they may have a chance to stick with the Raptors.

There's no DeMarre Carroll out there, so Gordon Hayward needs to have a huge game. We're almost at that point where in order to win we need a better than average performance from our best player every night. Nothing easy.

Toronto Player Stats:

2015 2016 GM 60 UTA at TOR - Raptors Player Stats

Utah Player Stats:

2015 2016 GM 60 UTA at TOR - Jazz Player Stats

No Dante Exum. No Alec Burks. No DeMarre Carroll. Tibor Pleiss and Bruno Caboclo in the DL. It's not to be interesting to see which bench shows up. For me if Trey Lyles goes buck-wild again, that's great. If Trevor Booker is back and Lyles doesn't get to play -- that's bad for development. (Read Skinner. Read Piaget. I'm not wrong.)