The last time we saw the Utah Jazz in action, they suffered a huge loss at the hands of the Celtics. They will look to redeem themselves against another Eastern Conference opponent tonight in the Charlotte Hornets.The Jazz (45-28) are a heavy team of hard-nosed veterans. They don’t play a flashy brand of basketball. They run their system, go about their business and hope for the best.
It is a stark contrast to the Hornets (37-36). They are led by one of the most dynamic young players in the league at LaMelo Ball. They deliver a fluid attack that can be explosive, but can just as easily evade them.
The Hornets quietly rode a five-game winning streak heading into their latest loss to the Knicks. They’re a talented team, but they should be up against a savvy team like the Utah Jazz.
Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets tonight
According to WynnBet, the Jazz are a 3-point favorite against the Hornets and a -155-point favorite on the money line. Charlotte is a +127 money line underdog.
The over/under is currently at 231.0 points.
Utah Jazz starting lineup
With a few nagging injuries, the Jazz are expected to use a starting lineup of Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Royce O’Neale, Eric Paschall and Rudy Gobert against the Hornets tonight.
Utah Jazz Injury Report
About those nagging wounds.
Bojan Bogdanovic is sidelined with a calf injury. Danuel House Jr. is still recovering from his knee injury. Udoka Azubuike is out, while Hassan Whiteside is questionable.
Utah Jazz vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction
If Whiteside is unavailable, the Jazz will be without a back-up bigman in it. That may force Quin Snyder to watch a few small-ball lineouts.
The Hornets are perhaps one of the best outfits in the league to experiment with these looks. They start Mason Plumlee at 5, with Montrezl Harrell joining him in a platoon.
Both men are solid NBA players, but the center remains a weak position for the Hornets. Harrell may feast to some degree against Gay or Paschall, but if the Hornets decide to run their offense through him, they’ll likely do so at their peril.
Matchups aside, the Jazz are the better team here. They should come away with a win tonight.
Prediction: Jazz 126, Hornets 119
Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets TV Channel
Hornets fans can catch this one on Balley Sports Southeast or Fox Sports Southeast. Meanwhile, jazz fans should tune into AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain as usual.
Utah Jazz schedule and next game
The Jazz will have a day off before facing the Dallas Mavericks on March 27.
After that, they will face the Los Angeles Clippers on March 29. They face the Lakers on the 31st, the Warriors on the 2nd and the Grizzlies on the 5th.