Utah Jazz to make last push

Utah Jazz to make last push

The Utah Jazz looks to get a win against the Milwaukee Bucks, as they are aiming to make a push for a spot in the playoffs. Due to the close results of the teams, the Jazz have been going in and out of the top 10. The Bucks on the other hand is already secured for a spot in the playoffs. However, although they already secured a playoff berth, they are still unsure of their place in the next round. These two teams are coming into this game from different results. While the Bucks had a 130-94 win against the Spurs, the Jazz were defeated by the Trail Blazers in a score of 127-115. Jazz will host this match on March 25, 2023, at 9:00 AM (GMT+8).

This is an interconference meeting between the two teams with the hosts coming from the West, and the visitors are from the East. These two teams already met once in the regular season. In that match, it was the visitors who won that match in a dominating 123-97 victory. The hosts are now looking to bounce back from their recent loss, as they aim to enter the playoffs. They are currently at the 11th spot in the standings, winning 35 of their 72 matches. The visitors on the other hand at at the top of the East, considering their dominance this season. They actually won 52 of their 72 matches in the regular season, enough for them to sit at the top.

Utah Jazz

NBA: Utah Jazz
Photo courtesy of AP

The Jazz are coming into this game fighting for their spot in the play-in in the West. Since the teams in the West have almost the same results, the Jazz keeps coming in and out of the top 10. From their last five games, they actually won three of those last five matches, but are unfortunate that they are coming in this game from a loss. On their last match, they led as much as 10 points in the opening quarter, but only led by five points after the first. The second quarter is a struggle for them as they were outscored by their opponent, 29-22. On that match, they shot 47.6% from the field, but turning the ball over for 17 times. They are the sixth in offense with 117.4 points per game, but 22nd in defense allowing 117.4 points as well.

Lauri Markkanen, and Jordan Clarkson who leads the Jazz with 25.7 and 20.8 points respectively are both unavailable in this game. Along with them are Rudy Gay, and Collin Sexton who are injured as well. Johnny Juzang on the other hand is questionable in this match dur to a left hip strain.

Milwaukee Bucks

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks
Photo courtesy of Reuters

The Bucks on the other hand has nothing major to worry about the rest of the regular season. They are already secured of a playoff berth, and are currently sitting at the top of the East. However, they are still looking for wins as they aim to widen their lead so they could secure the top spot for the playoffs. On their match against the Spurs, they led as much as 13 in the first, but was cut down into just five before the half. Fortunately, they were able to extend their lead until the finals minutes of the game. On that match, they shot 52% from the field, but had 19 turnovers in that match. They are the ninth in offense, as they score 116.4 points per game, and fifth in defense as they allow 112.1 points per game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 31.2 points for the Bucks, while Jrue Holiday contributes 19 points per game. Unfortunately, Meyers Leonard, Goran Dragic, and Jae Crowder are still absent in this match due to their injuries.


Milwaukee Bucks
Total Under: 110.5
Odds: 0.86

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