Cavaliers vs Jazz: The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to bounce back as they host the Utah Jazz on NBA Basketball at Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, Ohio. The Utah Jazz handle being nearly a double-digit favorite on the road when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 7:30PM ET.
Event: NBA Basketball
Team: Lakers vs Knicks
Date: Friday, January 4, 2019
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
The Jazz have lost in their annual trip to Cleveland for six consecutive seasons. Something they surely will try to avoid as they try to get back in the playoffs in the competitive Western Conference. The Cleveland Cavaliers play host to the Utah Jazz at the Quicken Loans Arena on Friday night at NBA Basketball.
Despite their struggles, the Jazz are probably considerably better than their record. Not only as a result of the talent that they have, but their point differential is tied for fifth best in the conference with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The problem for the Jazz has been their inconsistency on offense, headlined by the sophomore slump of Donovan Mitchell. But considering the Cavs are currently trotting out the worst defense in NBA history, this matchup could be exactly what Utah needs to get back on track.
For the Cavs, the hope is that they will play more like the first quarter against the Heat rather than what followed. They put together one of the worst rebounding performances you’ll ever see from an NBA team and struggled to attack the Heat’s zone defense.
One of the biggest issues for the Cavs offensively is how long it takes them to get into their offensive sets. Against a sixth ranked Jazz defense, they can’t wait until there is ten seconds or less to get into whatever they are trying to run. Increasing the pace and playing with more of a purpose will be essential to keeping this game competitive.