by Elmer Mejia
The Utah Jazz are back in action tonight as they are on the road to face the Houston Rockets. On paper it looks like an easy game, but the Rockets are a tricky team with nothing to lose. The Jazz come off of a game where they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers on the road. Tonight, they will look to get another road victory. Here’s what you can expect from this great matchup.
The Jazz are the favorite team coming into this match. They are still the top seed in the conference and will look to solidify that spot. However, the Rockets are a tricky team. They are in the last place of the Western Conference. They have nothing to lose and will try to spoil a win for the Jazz.
The Jazz will look to dominate from the get-go and will try to stop John Wall. He is the best player on this Rockets team. Since James Harden left, the Rockets are not the same amazing team they once were. They have some interesting players, but are no match against a well-rounded Jazz team. Expect Rudy Gobert to protect the rim and Jordan Clarkson to take over the offense.
No Mitchell, No Problem
Donovan Mitchell will miss this match, but there are no worries at the moment. The Jazz have looked great since he suffered the ankle injury last Friday against the Indiana Pacers. Joe Ingles, Mike Conley, and Jordan Clarkson have filled up that hole left by Mitchell. Other players have stepped up from the bench as well, which shows that every player in the team has an important role to play down the stretch of the season.
Six Jazz players were in double figures last Monday night against the Lakers. Clarkson led the team with 22, followed by Ingles (21) and Bojan Bogdanović (19). No doubt that is awesome that the Jazz have different ways to make points and hurt the opponents. They are also shooting a lot of threes and making them as well. This is why the Jazz are a dangerous team and have the chance to beat the Rockets on the road.
Expect A Great Matchup
Jazz fans should expect a great matchup as these two teams will leave it all on the floor on Wednesday night. The Jazz have the opportunity to win their 44th game of the season. Also, they have the chance to increase their lead on the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers who are a couple of games behind the Jazz. The game will tip off at 6 PM Mountain time and it looks promising for another Jazz win.
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