Utah Jazz (18-20) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (8-30) Live NBA Basketball on January 04 2019, Time: 07:30 PM EDT at Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
The Utah Jazz begins in 2019 with a four-game road trip and did not have the best start with a 122-116 loss to Toronto on New Year’s Day. The Jazz will try to improve to 1-1 at the Cleveland Cavaliers visit on Friday.
Utah ends the trip with three games in four nights in Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee. It has almost caught up with the Raptors behind 30-point forward Jae Crowder. “We were there, but we needed stops,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder told reporters. “We had some guys with good shooting nights, obviously, Jae had a great night for us, but we have to play defensively until the end to win.” The Cavaliers lost in seven consecutive games and crushed 117-92 by the Miami Heat on Wednesday to open a four-game family run. Cleveland, which has represented the Eastern Conference in the last four NBA finals under LeBron James, has the worst record in the NBA with an average of 9.4 points.
TV: 7 pm ET, AT & T Rocky Mountain (Utah), FS Ohio (Cleveland)
Utah Jazz vs Cleveland Cavaliers: News
THE JAZZ (18-20):
Crowder averaged 11.1 points with 43.9% of his shots in December, but opened the month of January by beating 9 out of 15 players on the way to the top of his career. Crowder, who also scored 5 of 7 in the bow, is known for his work on the defensive end and was not happy with the way he and his teammates played in the loss. “The effort was not there and it was bad,” Crowder told reporters. “Especially in the third quarter, these guys had some momentum, they scored three goals at home, they regained their self-confidence and, from then on, the battle was tough.”
THE CAVALIERS (8-30):
Coach Larry Drew lamented his team’s lack of physics after Wednesday’s loss when Cleveland defeated 57-32 when center Tristan Thompson returned. An absence of 10 games. “We have to dirty,” Drew told reporters. “In regards to our style of play. We can not play cute, we can not play, we have to do all the little things that turn into great things. and then, happily, offensively, we make a few shots, but it must a total commitment on the defensive side and total commitment to scrapping – this is the only way to win, this must a true bulldog mentality. ” Thompson (foot) succeeded Two rebounds in 23 minutes on the reverse.
Utah Jazz vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Betting Odds
- Jazz SF Joe Ingles is one of 11 of the 3 points in the last three games.
- The SG Cavaliers Rodney Hood (Achilles) returned on Wednesday from his absence and scored 13 points on 5 shots of 7.
- The local team has taken each of the last eight meetings.
Utah Jazz vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Prediction
Jazz 113, Cavaliers 99