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Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood is "due" for a big scoring night

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Hood has been good this season, but occasionally great

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Second year starting shooting guard Rodney Hood has been an inconsistently somehow consistent threat for the Utah Jazz this year. He can catch fire, but that inherently means he's not always hot to the touch. That's something all younger players have to learn to become, especially when you factor in the greater degree of difficulty of the shots he takes -- but as of right now it's fair to say that Hood hasn't had a big scoring game in a while. The last time he scored 20 or more points was March 14th (pie day), which was seven games ago. But that was the only time he's actually scored 20 or more points over the last 21 games. That's much below his actual average, where he has gone for 20 or more points about once every six games. (12 times in 70 games, the maths reduce to 1 over 5.833)

Points 30+ 25 to 29 20 to 24 15 to 19 10 to 14 5 to 9 0 to 4
n = 1 4 7 20 22 13 3
1 32 29 24 19 14 9 4
2 29 23 19 14 9 3
3 28 23 18 14 9 3
4 25 23 18 14 9
5 23 18 14 8
6 22 18 13 8
7 20 17 13 8
8 17 13 8
9 17 12 7
10 16 12 7
11 16 12 6
12 16 12 6
13 16 12 5
14 16 11
15 15 11
16 15 11
17 15 11
18 15 11
19 15 10
20 15 10
21 10
22 10
23
24
25

Yes, he tends to get between 10 to 19 points a game, which makes sense as his scoring average is 14.4 ppg. But the bigger issue here is that he hasn't had a big scoring game in a while. Thus, he is so overdue. It could happen tonight at home against the Los Angeles Lakers. Jordan Clarkson, Kobe Bryant, and Lou Williams aren't known for their defense in 2015-2016. Nick Young will miss this game. Wing player Anthony Brown is also out, and that really only leaves Metta World Peace as a possible Rodney-stopper tonight.

When a guy usually goes for 20 points once every six games, and has only gone for over 20 just once in the last twenty-one games . . . yeah. At some point the law of averages tells us that Rodney is going to break out of his drought. Ideally, it should be tonight.