Brooklyn is now 4-2 on its season-long eight-game road trip.
The Jazz are currently tied for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Lakers – though Utah holds the tiebreaker. The Jazz have won three straight games.
Deron Williams Had Never Beaten Former Club
The Jazz drafted Deron Williams with their first-round pick in the 2005 draft. He excelled in Utah, but since being traded to the Nets in February, 2011, he’s 0-3 against his former team.
Two of those loses game in New Jersey/Brooklyn, but the worst loss game in D-Will’s first visit to Utah in January, 2012. Williams shot 3-of-15 from the floor for 16 points, five assists and five turnovers. He was booed every time he touched the ball.
That treatment will likely continue to tonight. In the three previous meetings, Williams has averaged 15.7 points per game on 31.3 percent shooting.
Need Improved Effort from Lopez
Brook Lopez was completely ineffective Friday night in Denver.
He scored just 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting and struggled from the free-throw line as well.
For his career Lopez is averaging just 11.0 points in Utah, which is his lowest total of any Western Conference opponent.
He will need to regain his recent form for the Nets to have a chance.
Second Half of Back-to-Backs
The Nets are 11-8 in the second half of back-to-back games this season. However, the team is 1-3 when the back-to-back games are both on the road – like tonight’s contest.
The Jazz meanwhile are 3-1 at home when the team has played on the road the previous day.
In the series, the Jazz have won seven of the last eight meetings.
Nets Still On Verge of Franchise Record
A win would mark a franchise record 21st road victory for the Nets.
The Nets tied their high-water mark for road wins in a season with 20 in Wednesday’s victory over the Trail Blazers in Portland. The 2005-2006 Nets’ team set that mark.
A road win tonight would also clinch the Nets’ first-ever road winning record for a season in franchise history.
The action tips off at 9 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.