The NBA is set up with another great night of action on January 29. Ten games will be up on the board throughout January 29. One of these games will be between the Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz. These two teams have had opposite starts to this season, but will both look for a huge win in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN.
Dallas has opened up this season with a record of 8-10, which has them sitting in eleventh place of the Western Conference. The Mavericks have lost three straight games coming into this game and have lost six of their last eight games. Dallas will look to finally get back in the win column with a victory over this streaking Utah team.
The Jazz have put up a record of 14-4 throughout the early part of this season, which has them sitting in first place of the Western Conference. Utah has won ten games in a row entering this tilt. The Jazz will look to keep it going with their second straight win against the Mavericks. I expect Utah to continue to come out hot as they carry momentum over.
These two teams have put up opposite records throughout the early portion of this season. The Mavericks are coming in on a losing streak, while Utah has a nice winning streak going. These two teams could switch it around in this one though. This will be the second half of a back to back, which should lead to a great game in this one.
The Mavericks and the Jazz met up three times throughout last season. Utah hosted the first game on January 25. Luka Doncic was able to score 25 points and Seth Curry added 19 points on the night. Donovan Mitchell finished with 25 points, while Bojan Bogdanovic dropped 23 points. Rudy Gobert put up 22 points and 17 rebounds as the Jazz won 112-107.
The second game of the season series shifted to Dallas on February 10. Tim Hardaway scored 33 points, while Kristaps Porzingis added 28 points. It was not enough for the Mavericks though. Jordan Clarkson finished with 25 points off the bench. Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic both added 23 points to lead Utah to a 123-119 win on the road.
The final game of the season series was during the qualifiers on August 10. Jordan Clarkson finished with 18 points , while Rayjon Tucker scored 17. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 27 points and Seth Curry put up 22 points. Boban Marjanovic scored 20 points as well to help lead the Mavericks to a 122-114 win to finish off the season series.
Utah hosted the first game of this season’s series on January 27. Luka Doncic finished with 30 points, while Tim Hardaway Jr. put up 19 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 31 points off the bench. Rudy Gobert added 29 points and 20 rebounds on the night. Joe Ingles added 21 points as well to help lead the Jazz to a 116-104 win in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
Dallas has not been great shooting the ball throughout this season. The Mavericks have been able to make around 45.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 17th in the league. Dallas has shot 33.2 percent from behind the arc, which is last in the NBA. The Mavericks have also made 75.5 percent of their free throw attempts, which is 19th in the league.
The Jazz have been solid shooting the ball so far this season. Utah has shot 46.4 percent from the field, which is 13th in the NBA. The Jazz have also made around 39.7 percent of their shots from deep, which is 2nd in the league. Utah has put away 72.5 percent of their free throw attempts, which is 26th in the NBA this season.
These two teams have struggled a bit shooting the ball throughout this season, but Utah has been better overall. The Jazz have also had great defense throughout this season, holding opposing teams to a field goal percentage of 44.2 percent. Dallas will look to break through offensively early as they try to come out much better after a slow start on Wednesday night.
Luka Doncic has continued to lead this young Mavericks team this season. Doncic has averaged 27.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 19.5 points per game. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.5 points per game, while Josh Richardson has averaged 13 points per game. Jalen Brunson is averaging 11.5 points per game and Trey Burke has averaged 11 points.
Jordan Clarkson will look to lead this Jazz team with Donovan Mitchell likely out again in this one. Clarkson has averaged 23.5 points per game off the bench. Mike Conley is averaging 16.5 points and 6 assists per game. Rudy Gobert has averaged 13.5 points and 14 rebounds per game. Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 13 points per game and Joe Ingles has averaged 11 points per game.
Both teams have a nice plethora of scoring this season, but Utah could be without their star in Mitchell in this one. Donovan Mitchell also missed Wednesday nights game against the Mavericks, but Utah was still able to win. The Mavericks will look to come out better in this one as they try to knock off the Jazz for the first time since the beginning of January.
The Jazz are coming into this matchup on a huge winning streak, but I think that will finally come to an end against Dallas. The Mavericks have a tough losing streak going on, which they will look to finally end. With Michell likely out in this one, Dallas has a lot of value to end Utah’s winning streak. If the Mavericks offense can get going early, they should be able to knock off the Jazz.
BetOnline has Utah listed as a -168 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Jazz will win this game around 62.7 percent of the time. Utah is on a huge winning streak, which makes this winning streak makes sense. I think this will be the game that the Jazz finally lose though. Dallas will look to come out better in the back to back, and with Mitchell likely out, the Mavericks should be able to take this one over.