The Utah Jazz (34-19) are rolling with a four game win streak including two dominant road wins against the Atlanta Hawks (31-22) and the New Orleans Pelicans (20-33). These last two wins were especially impressive considering both the Hawks and Pelicans sport top ten defenses.
Tonight, the Jazz are on the road again against the Dallas Mavericks (20-32) and hoping to make it a five game win streak. Here are five things to watch for...
1. Can the Jazz win three games in four nights?
The Jazz record this year when on the third game in four nights is 6-10. For the most part, we’ve beaten the bad teams in this situation and lost to the good ones. So if we play a bad team we win and if we play a good team we lose. How’s that for analysis!?
So are the Mavericks good? Currently they are 20-32 but are 6-4 in their last ten games, including wins against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs. A lot of this can be attributed to Dirk Nowitzki returning to the lineup. This feels like a toss up.
We’ll get our first taste of one of the fun stories of the season. Recently, the Mavericks signed Yogi Ferrell to a 10-day contract and he preceded to be awesome.
Yogi Ferrell signed a 10-day contract with the Mavs on Saturday.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 4, 2017
Tonight, he scored a career-high 32 points in win vs Trail Blazers. pic.twitter.com/S4Uo6sefr2
Ferrell was promptly given a multi-year deal. Really fun stuff. Let’s just hope he’s not as awesome tonight.
Yogi Ferrell's dazzling start for the Mavericks landed him a multiyear contract with the team https://t.co/egZbKY04bh— CBS4 Indy (@CBS4Indy) February 8, 2017
3. Can the Jazz sweep the season series?
If the Jazz win this game it would be the first sweep of the Mavericks since the 1998-99 season. It’s our chance to do something that couldn’t be done by anyone on the team except the statues.
It’s a sign of the end of Dirk’s career. Dirk’s rise came at the end of the Stockton and Malone era and now the era of Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert seems to be rising at the end of Dirk’s. Is it time to wax poetic? Maybe. But I would really love to watch us pound the Mavericks and Dirk as a final sendoff.
4. Will we see a late game winner?
In two of the games we played, that were the third game in four nights (against the Kings and the Thunder), it came down to one shot. Chances are good that this game is decided at the very end. I would love to see a game winner like we saw last season in Dallas.
5. Will Derrick Favors read @slcdunk tweets?
Derrick Favors is just having a rough game.— SLC Dunk (@slcdunk) February 9, 2017
We love you, Derrick!