|2009/2010 NBA Season|
|42-22 (15-14 road)
||34-29 (21-9 home)
|March 12, 2010|
Radio: WTMJ AM 620 TV: FSN Wisconsin HD
|(6th) 110.7 - OFFENSE - 104.5 (23rd)
|(8th) 104.8 - DEFENSE - 102.7 (5th)
|(19th) 92.2 - PACE - 92.7 (17th)
At 42-22 (.656), the Jazz have the best record of any opponent that the Bucks face at home the rest of the year. Utah is very good defensively, and something of an offensive juggernaut. They are sixth in offensive efficiency and lead the NBA shooting 49.0 % from the field. The Jazz also are first in percent of field goals assisted, at 67.9 %.
Utah has hit triple digits in six straight games and have gone 132+ twice in that span, and this is a major test for Milwaukee's defense, which hasn't allowed an opponent to reach 88 points in four March games.
This one might not get as rough and rowdy as the C's game. Whereas Boston is second in the NBA with 82 technicals, the Jazz are last in the NBA with 25.
Andrew Bogut should have plenty of opportunities to extend his streak of games with a blocked shot against Utah. The Jazz attempt the third most shots at the rim in the NBA, averaging 30.9 per game. However, they convert on a healthy 64.3 % on those shots. In comparison, the Bucks attempt 24.4 shots at the rim per game, making 56.8 %.
The Bucks are exactly two games ahead of Toronto, Charlotte, and Miami, and lead reeling, ninth-place Chicago by 3.5 games. Derrick Rose left last night's loss to the Magic with a sprained wrist after going up against Dwight Howard in the lane. Tonight, Charlotte hosts the Clippers and Chicago plays in Miami.
Undrafted, former Marquette hooper Wesley Matthews is the starting at shooting guard for the Jazz these days. Utah curiously dealt away Ronnie Brewer to Memphis last month. Not a popular move at the time, but Brewer only made it 11 minutes into his Memphis career before straining his hamstring, and Matthews has played solid, unspectacular basketball. Wesley is limited offfensively, but is a real defensive player, even accumulating five steals in 25 minutes in a win over the Bulls on Tuesday.