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Brooklyn Nets vs Utah Jazz preview and prediction

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When and where: November 12, 2019, Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT, 9:00 PM ET

The Brooklyn Nets head into a defensive hornet’s nest in Tuesday’s road trip to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz. After getting decimated in a 138-112 loss to the Phoenix Suns, the Nets are hoping for a turnaround defensive performance against a less potent offensive opponent in the Jazz. However, it won’t be easy knocking off a Jazz team coming off three consecutive wins over the Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.

Nets get buried by the Suns

Sunday’s loss to the Suns highlighted everything that’s wrong with the Nets. They can’t defend long-range shots, and the offense is a shell when Irving isn’t playing like Superman. The perennial NBA All-Star finished the game with only 15 points, four rebounds and five assists. He was the only player in the starting lineup that scored in double figures. The rest of the offense stemmed from tremendous efforts from DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and Dzanan Musa coming off the bench.

They’ll need more contributions from other offensive sources heading into a game against a Jazz defense allowing only 97.0 points per game. If we’re going to talk about how bad the Nets’ 3-point shooting defense has been this season, let’s talk about the Jazz’s shooting defense in general. They are holding opponents to a 40.9 shooting percentage in comparison to opponents averaging a 38.6 3-point shooting percentage against the Nets.

There are obviously some lingering questions surrounding the offensive scoring for the Jazz. No, they don’t have an otherworldly scoring machine like Irving on their roster. Yet, they are a top-10 team in 3-point shooting percentage. So they are built in ways to give the Nets’ defense some problems. It shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the Nets are the sixth-worst team in defensive efficiency.

Some not so good news for the Nets came on Monday after learning guard Caris LeVert is slated to miss Tuesday’s game against the Jazz with a thumb injury. It’s a loss of another viable offensive weapon when facing the best defense in basketball.

Jazz defense is locking everyone down

It doesn’t matter if Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid or any other generational talent is on a roster. The Jazz will enter the game hell-bent on shutting you down. They are the top-ranked defensive team due to their depth and ability to guard effectively over the course of an entire game. There are some teams that come at you in waves with offense. Well, the Jazz come at you in waves with defenders.

Of course, they’ll look to do the same against an undermanned Nets team that leans heavily on the offensive magic of Irving. If they can force Irving to struggle, there’s a good chance they’ll come away with a victory on Tuesday. With LeVert out with an injury, the Nets’ next best scorer is Dinwiddie coming off the bench.

Don’t sleep on the offense of Bojan Bogdanovic in this game, either.

The Nets are the third-worst team in the league in defending against the 3-point shot, and Bogdanovic, the Jazz’s second-leading scorer, is averaging 45.5 percent shooting from long-range. So he’s likely to be a factor in this game. There’s also the offensive prowess of Mitchell, who will be a handful on both ends of the floor.

The Brooklyn Nets are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The Nets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home games at Barclays Center. They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other is the New York Knicks. The team was established in 1967 as a charter franchise of the NBA’s rival league, the American Basketball Association (ABA). They played in New Jersey as the New Jersey Americans during their first season, before moving to Long Island in 1968 and changing their name to the New York Nets. During this time, the Nets won two ABA championships (in 1974 and 1976). In 1976, the ABA merged with the NBA, and the Nets were absorbed into the NBA along with three other ABA teams (the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, and Denver Nuggets, all of whom remain in the league today).

In 1977, the team returned to New Jersey and played as the New Jersey Nets from 1977 to 2012. During this time, the Nets won two consecutive Eastern Conference championships (in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons), but failed to win a league title. In the summer of 2012, the team moved to Barclays Center, and took its current geographic name.[10]