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Game 38: Bucks/Jazz

2009/2010 NBA Season


22-17 (15-6 home)
16-21 (5-14 road)
January 16, 2010
EnergySolution Arena
8:00 PM
Radio: WTMJ AM 620 TV: FSN Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Deron Williams
PG Brandon Jennings
Ronnie Brewer
SG Charlie Bell
Andrei Kirilenko
SF Luc Mbah a Moute
Carlos Boozer
PF Ersan Ilyasova
Mehmet Okur
C Andrew Bogut

(12th) 107.9 - OFFENSE - 102.6 (25th)
(8th) 104.3 - DEFENSE - 103.7 (6th)
(15th) 92.6 - PACE - 93.6 (9th)


SLC Dunk / True Blue Jazz / Salt City Hoops / Desert News

Dirk, Kobe, Tyreke...
Sundiata Gaines? Let's not let that happen.

Sloan's home.
The Jazz are a disappointing 15-6 at home, a disappointing 22-17. That begins to tell you how much talent lies in Salt Lake, and how much of a home-court advantage the Jazz have held for most of Gerald Eugene Sloan's twenty thousand 22 years as head coach in Utah. Milwaukee has gone through nine coaches (Del Harris, Frank Hamblen, Mike Dunleavy, Chris Ford, George Karl, Terry Porter, Terry Stotts, Larry Krystkowiak, Scott Skiles) during Sloan's tenure.

The Jazz have finished above .500 in all but one season under Sloan. That one season was 2004-05, the year before they drafted Deron Williams, when they went 26-56.

We've got the Jazz.
The Bucks and Jazz have faced each other 80 times, and they have split wins 40/40. The Bucks are also exactly .500 against the Knicks (89-89).

Utah enters tonight having won three in a row, including a most recent and most dramatic 97-96 win against the Cavs, as shown in the video above. While Gaines gained headlines with the stunning game-winning three, Carlos Boozer led the Jazz in points (19), rebounds (13), and assists (6) in that game.

Utah is currently slotted seventh in the West, but just four games behind second and 1.5 games ahead of 10th place. The West is rough. Meanwhile, the Bucks sit ninth in the East, 1.5 behind the Bulls for the final playoff spot.

Low turnover.
The Bucks and Warriors each had 14 turnovers last night, but Milwaukee maintains the NBA's best turnover differential, at +2.7 per game.

But the Jazz have been great in this regard on their current three-game win streak. Utah forced 21 turnovers in their win over Cleveland while turning the ball over just 14 times themselves. They won the turnover battle 17-9 against Miamii on Monday and even more amazingly, went into Dallas a week ago and committed just four turnovers, while forcing 13 in that win.

Stay cool.
The Jazz have the fewest technicals in the NBA this season: 12. The Bucks are middle-of-the-pack at 17th with 29 technicals.

Hoopdata: Brandon Jennings has returned to Earth
This article dates back to the Jan. 13, but it's a nice look at how Brandon's usage rate has dipped from the beginning of the year.

Usage Rate uses this formula: {[FGA + (FT Att. x 0.44) + (Ast x 0.33) + TO] x 40 x League Pace} divided by (Minutes x Team Pace.

In essence, it calculates the number of possessions a player uses per 40 minutes. Last night against the Warriors, Jennings had a usage rate of 35.8, his second highest in the last 24 games.