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What to Watch For: Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks

The Utah Jazz travel to Texas to take on the Dallas Mavericks in a Western Conference showdown.
Rudy Gobert (27) and Kristaps Porzingis (6) tip-off a game between the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks earlier this season

Rudy Gobert (27) and Kristaps Porzingis (6) tip-off a game between the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks earlier this season

The Utah Jazz will face the Dallas Mavericks for the third time this season on Monday. Utah is currently on a nine game winning streak and will look to extend that number as they play two games on the road and two games at home this week. The Jazz are coming off of a 137-91 win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

Jazz vs Mavericks Throwback:

The Utah Jazz have taken on the Dallas Mavericks 178-times in history, and lead the all time series 104-74. The Jazz have played the Mavericks twice so far this season, and are 2-0 during those back-to-back matchups. Utah was victorious on January 27, winning 116-104. They also won on January 29, 120-101.

Bojan Bogdanovic was extraordinary in the latest game against the Mavericks, leading the Jazz with 32-points, while Mike Conley added 9-assists and Joe Ingles passed John Stockton on the franchises total 3-pointer's made list. Utah would go on to win 120-101.

Key Players:

Royce O'Neale has been sneaky good this season for the Jazz, while Luka Doncic has continued to make his name known as one of the best young stars in the NBA.

Royce O'Neale (23) guards Luka Doncic (77)

Royce O'Neale (23) guards Luka Doncic (77)

O'Neale has averaged 7.2-points, shooting 45% from the field and 40.3% from three point range. O'Neale's defense is where he truly shines. He is second on the team in rebounds (6.6), and third on the team in blocks (0.5) per game. O'Neale has also averaged just under one-steal per game. 

Doncic leads the Mavericks in points (28.6), steals (1), assists (8.8), and rebounds (8.1) per game. His numbers speak for themselves as Doncic is becoming one of the most exciting players in the NBA. Jazz players will have their hands full guarding him later this evening.

Fun Facts:

Tonight will be one of the few times that the Jazz will wear their 'Icon' uniforms this season. Utah is currently 5-2 in their road blue's and will only wear this uniform three more times (including tonight) this season. The last time the Jazz wore their blue uniforms was against the Boston Celtics back on March 16, where they won the game 117-109.

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Utah broke their franchise record for most home wins in a row (21) against the Bulls last Friday. The Jazz would add a 22nd win to that record on Saturday against the Orlando Magic. The 21-win mark passes the previous franchise record which was held between February 26, 1998 and March 5, 1999.

The Jazz have partnered with 'Route' to take care of their merchandise needs. Route is a company that tracks shipments and can help fans know when their Jersey's, memorabilia, and gameday garb will be at their homes. 

Joe Ingles and other Utah Jazz players wore customized shoes to support autism awareness month this past week, they will be auctioning off these shoes to raise funds for this cause. Chip cookies, a local cookie shop, will also be selling a 'Cookie Monster' cookie in order to support the Ingles family and their mission to raise awareness for autism. The specialized cookie is blue in color and a portion of the proceeds will go towards community programs for individuals with autism.

The Utah Jazz have the top three longest win streaks in the entire NBA this season. They've won 11-games in a row between January 8, 2021 and January 29, 2021, 9-games in a row between February 2, 2021 and February 17, 2021, and are currently looking to extend their second 9-game winning streak against the Mavericks this evening. The next closest winning streak is an 8-game winning streak, held by the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, and Brooklyn Nets.

Utah set a franchise record on Saturday night, holding a 38-point lead at halftime against the Orlando Magic.

The Utah Jazz are 9-0 in their last nine games and are looking to make this winning streak last even longer with a win tonight over Dallas. Utah is 38-11, and are in first place in the NBA. Utah leads the Phoenix Suns by three and a half games and the Los Angeles Clippers by six games in the Western Conference. They also lead the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers by four and a half games in the Eastern Conference.

The Dallas Mavericks are 27-21 this season and are 4-1 in their last five games. In the last five times out, the Mavs have beaten the Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, and Oklahoma City Thunder. Their lone loss during that stretch came against the New Orleans Pelicans. Dallas is currently in seventh place in the Western Conference standings.

The Jazz injury report includes Juwan Morgan (calf) who is listed as 'out' and Elijah Hughes (NA) who is listed as day-to-day. The Mavericks injury report includes Willie Cauley-Stein (Covid-19 protocols) and JJ Redick (heel) who are listed as 'out', while Josh Richardson (calf) and Kristaps Porzingis (knee) are listed as 'questionable' for Monday's game against the Jazz.

How to Consume:

The Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks will face off tonight at 5pm MST. Jazz fans can watch the game on AT&T SportsNet, and can also tune into the game on 97.5FM or 1280AM.

Jordan Clarkson (00) goes for a layup against the Dallas Mavericks

Jordan Clarkson (00) goes for a layup against the Dallas Mavericks

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