Found December 18, 2012 on
Losers of six of eight in December, the Brooklyn Nets (13-10) look to get back on track as they host the Utah Jazz (13-12) tonight at the Barclays Center. Good news for Jazz fans- the Nets have defeated the Jazz just once in the last four years. Utah may be a poor road team, but Brooklyn is just 1-4 this month on the road. Could the timing be right for another Utah road victory?
AccuScore has Brooklyn as 66.4 percent favorites. After 10,000 simulations, the average score 102-97. The home team has a 34.8 percent chance at getting a big win (10 points or more). The spread was set at -5 for Brooklyn and they have a 50.8 percent chance at covering that. The total is set 194 and there is a 58.7 percent chance of going over that.
Utah is coming off a 99-86 loss to Memphis. Al Jefferson led the way with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Paul Millsap added just 12 points in the loss. Utah was up 54-44 at halftime, but got outscored 28-10 in the third quarter. Memphis also outscored Utah 50-38 in the paint. Al Jefferson has been averaging just 15.1 ppg on the road, while putting up 20.7 ppg at home.
The Nets are coming off a tough 83-82 loss to the Chicago Bulls. They beat Detroit in a double overtime game the night before that. Against Chicago, the Nets shot 38.7 percent and committed 18 turnovers. Brook Lopez had 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks against Chicago.
The last time these two teams met (March), the Nets lost 105-84 to the Jazz in New Jersey. Deron Williams had 17 points and 11 assists against his former team.
On the road, Utah gives up 103 points to the opposition. Add this to the projection that Utah will turn the ball over 3 more times than Brooklyn and you’ve got a recipe for a let-down. Brooklyn is also expected to grab a couple more offensive rebounds than Utah which just leads to extra possessions. Looking at the projected stats, I’d be worried that Joe Johnson has a huge game. He’s projected to shoot the ball 18 times, including 5 threes. Utah has to be careful that he doesn’t get it going early; he had 16 against the Bulls, but 28 against Detroit and 23 against Toronto.
The Nets have lost six of the past seven games vs the Jazz. In those matchups, Utah has averaged 104.6 ppg on 49.4 percent shooting. A wise man once said, “only a fool, on opinion, discounts repeated history.” Brooklyn hasn’t been playing well at home and I think they’re desperate for a win. Just like taking Utah at home is the safe bet, picking against them on the road is too. Maybe I’m just a fool, but I’ll take the Nets by 6.
All data provided by AccuScore
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Brooklyn Nets’ guard Deron Williams has been something of an enigma since he was traded to the team from the Utah Jazz last season.
Since the trade injuries and decreasing percentages have become a staple of the player that was in many hearts considered to be on the road to a Hall of Fame career.
Williams stuck with the Nets after an intense albeit somewhat brief bidding war...
REAL AND SPECTACULAR
Brooklyn Nets play by play man and NFL on CBS announcer Ian Eagle was able to pull off quite the impressive double dip during Friday's Nets-Pistons game in Brooklyn Joe Johnson hit a buzzer beating three with the game tied at the end of the second overtime for a 108-105 victory. Not only did Eagle give a solid call of the game-winner, he also paid homage to comedian Jerry...
GET WITH IT
Deron Williams' statistics are down from his time with the Utah Jazz, and he believes that's due to an adjustment to Brooklyn's system.
Mo Williams scored 19 points, Al Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Brooklyn Nets 92-90 Tuesday night despite nearly throwing away the victory.
Utah turned it over on two inbounds passes in the final 31 seconds, the last leading to a Nets steal. They pushed it up and got a potential go-ahead 3-pointer from Gerald Wallace that missed. The Jazz escaped...
If you happen to be looking for the hustle play of Tuesday night's NBA action, you might want to check out this effort from Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward.Watch as he swats the shot of Brooklyn Nets guard MarShon Brooks and then on the fastbreak on the other end, Gordon drops a nice assist to Derrick Favors:
Tweet In a crowded Utah Jazz frontcourt containing Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, and Marvin Williams third-year man Derrick Favors has been steadily making his case to head coach Tyrone Corbin for increased minutes. Through 21 games Favors is averaging 9.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocked shots, all career-highs. He added to those numbers [...]
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson will need to improve their shooting for the Nets to reach their potential.credit: nydailynews.com
After deciding to re-sign with the Nets for the long-term during the offseason, point guard Deron Williams has yet to find his shooting touch. In 23 games, D-Will is only shooting 39% from the field, and 30% from the three-point line.
With their two best...
Brooklyn Nets’ guard Deron Williams has been something of an enigma since he was traded to the team from the Utah Jazz last season. Since the trade injuries and decreasing percentages have become a staple of the player that was in many hearts considered to be on the road to a Hall of Fame career. [...]
[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content...
In the first quarter of Wednesday night's Brooklyn Nets/New York Knicks affair, Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries did his best to try and collect a hoop for Brooklyn.After Brooklyn's Gerald Wallace attempted to score on a drive to the hoop, Kris ended up gaining possession until New York Knicks J.R. Smith attempted to wrap him up for a jump ball.As Kris wrestles the ball...
Avery Johnson has reinserted Kris Humphries into the starting lineup instead of Reggie Evans for the foreseeable future.