Matchup: Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs
Records: Jazz (11-12); Spurs (11-13)
Where To Watch
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4
Time: 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena
The Jazz are back in Salt Lake after playing their last three games on the road as they look to kick-start a run of wins.
Going 2-1 since the arrival of Kyle Korver, the Jazz have boosted their 3-point shooting, converting 39.7 percent of their attempts over the past three games. Alongside Joe Ingles, Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell, Utah will look to continue to open up the floor with their spacing as they work Korver into the rotation.
Korver's impact has been felt immediately, breathing some new life into a squad that looked out of sorts through the opening month of the season.
"It does help obviously having a guy like Kyle, the defences aren't going to leave him, which is great for us creating and playing pick-and-rolls because it just opens up the floor more," Ingles told NBA.com earlier in the week.
"It kind of goes to four on four instead of five on five, so he'll definitely help us, once he gets our system and the way we play, I think he'll flourish in it. He's going to get a ton of shots and a ton of looks and we're happy to have him."
The Jazz have won three in a row over the Spurs at home.
🇦🇺 @Joeingles7 and the #Jazz lose a thriller to the #Heat 102-100 #TeamIsEveryThing- NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) December 3, 2018
📊 11 PTS | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL pic.twitter.com/7CHAaBLe6X
For the Spurs, they're coming off an impressive 131-118 win over the Portland Trail Blazers after two heavy defeats to the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves, themselves struggling to find consistency this season.
3-point shooting will be the key for San Antonio on Tuesday. As it stands they are shooting the best percentage in the league at 38.9 percent on just 24.4 attempts per game, looking to take advantage of a Jazz team that hasn't been able to contain opponents from the perimeter so far. Utah is letting teams shoot 36.5 percent from deep, ranked 24th in the league for opponent 3-point percentage.
With Pau Gasol and Marco Belinelli still sidelined, Patty Mills will have a lot of work to do off the bench, providing some instant offence and spacing, with San Antonio currently leaning on DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge for most of their offence.
🇦🇺 @Patty_Mills provided a spark off the bench in the #Spurs' 131-118 win over the #Blazers #GoSpursGo- NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) December 3, 2018
📊 15 PTS | 6 AST pic.twitter.com/5KBTXowcb9
Last Time They Played
Date: March 24, 2018
Score: Spurs 124, Jazz 120
Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge - 45 points, nine rebounds
Jazz: Donovan Mitchell - 35 points, three rebounds, three assists