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Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks: Game Preview

The Utah Jazz look to extend their win streak to five against Dirk, Yogi and the Mavs.

NBA: Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz (34-19) travel from NOLA to Dallas to face the Dallas Mavericks (20-32). It’s a shame that the Jazz didn’t get some time to hang around Bourbon Street last night, because they definitely deserved it. They were on fire last night, as they beat the Pelicans 127-94. Yes, the team that plays at a pace that snails prefer scored 127 points.

The story of the game was the Jazz bench. Dante Exum played 23 minutes (!) and dropped 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, and added three rebounds and a team high five assists. Alec Burks was doing ‘Houdini’ things and scored 13 of the most difficult points you’ve ever seen scored. Joe Johnson was the star of the game as he scored 27 points, and most of his damage was from deep, shooting 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. An important note for tonight: None of the Jazz starters played over 30 minutes last night, so the back-to-back fatigue effect shouldn’t play too much of a factor tonight againts the Mavericks.

The Mavericks are coming off a tough loss.

Seems like the Mavericks have had trouble with opposing team’s shooting guards in clutch situations. Hmm...

Despite the Mavericks poor record, the Mavericks are fighters, and I don’t expect an easy win like our past two games. Since Dirk Nowitzki’s return and Yogi Ferrell’s emergence, the Mavericks have become a force to be reckoned with. All five of the Mavs starters are able to shoot from anywhere on the floor, which is somewhat of a Jazz kryptonite. Dirk at the center position will force Rudy Gobert to come out on the perimeter to defend, which is exactly where we don’t want Rudy to defend. Dirk was 4-7 from deep last night. Rudy will have to be on his A-game tonight.

Oh, and there’s this new guy named “Yogi” who can do stuff like this:

The Dallas Mavericks are definitely a tough matchup for the Utah Jazz, and this one may come down to the wire, just like the last time we met up.

Standings

The Jazz are currently sitting in the 4th spot in the standings, two games ahead of the Clippers and three games below the Rockets.

Other important games today:

HOU @ CHA

CLE @ OKC

BOS @ POR

According to numberfire.com, the Utah Jazz have a 56.8% chance to leave Dallas with a win. I’ve seen better odds... After the Mavericks tonight, our next game will be at home on Saturday against the Boston Celtics.

#TakeNote!