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Utah vs. Brooklyn,
01/02/2017 19:30 EDT,
Score: 101 - 89
Total: -110/+204 Under
The set-up: The Jazz allow the fewest points in the league at 94.7 per game, while the Nets allow the most, at 114.4 per. The Jazz will take their 21-13 record (tied with OKC for first-place in the Northwest Division) into Barclays Center tonight to face the 8-24 Nets, who are tied with the 76ers for the NBA's worst record.
Utah: The Jazz have started well, despite the fact that this past Saturday's game (a 91-86 home win over the Suns) was just the third time this season that Utah had played with its preferred starting-five. So much for that, as PG George Hill (18.8 & 4.2 APG) was elbowed in the face by Phoenix center Alex Len in the closing seconds of the first quarter and exhibited concussion-like symptoms. "It's obviously frustrating, I think, for everybody," Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward told the Salt Lake Tribune of Hill. "For him, for sure. But I think for us too. Hopefully he has a speedy recovery." The story of George Hill's first season with Utah Jazz is told in flashes of brilliance on the court and long injury absences, Hayward (22.1-6.3-3.7) is Utah's best player, Hood (14.3) a solid SG and center Gobert (12.5 & 12.0) has become a double-double 'machine' (12 in his last 13 games, missing only when he had nine rebounds one time).
Brooklyn: The Nets know what it's like to be without their starting PG, as Jeremy Lin (13.9 & 5.8 APG) has played in just 12 games this season, starting nine. He's missed the last two games with his second left hamstring strain and remains questionable. SGs Kilpatrick (15.5) and Bogdanovich (14.3) are solid scorers and center Brook Lopez (20.5 & 5.3) is the team's best player. However, Brooklyn's offense isn't its problem (se above). The Washington Wizards shot 56.6 percent from the floor in a 118-95 setback on Friday and the Nets acknowledged some bickering between players during the contest and held a players-only meeting after the loss. "We really have to have a level of trust that we haven’t had yet this season in one another," star center Brook Lopez told reporters. "We really can make each other and our team better together. The only way the system is going to work is if everyone buys in."
The pick: With PG Hill out for Utah and Brooklyn PG Lin also not likely to play (Nets are 5-15 when he does not play), neither team will be at peak efficiency on the offensive end. Yes, the Nets are an awful defensive team but five of their last six have stayed under the total and the Under is an 8* play in this one, as well.