And that's exactly what the Jazz will have to deal with in their road bout on Tuesday - a re-energized Brooklyn team that has a healthy Kyrie in their ranks yet again.
But he most certainly looked good in his return from injury on Sunday against Atlanta as he led his Nets team to a dominant 108-86 victory while putting up 21 points on an incredible 10-of-11 shooting performance. The Jazz owns a 60-31 advantage in the all-time regular season series, including three straight wins. In the last matchup, it was Utah taking a 119-114 home win on November 12, 2019. Utah made 6 more free throws than Washington.
Now, it has simulated Nets vs. Jazz 10,000 times and the results are in. The Jazz shot 53% from the floor and 33% from the 3-point range.
The Action Network has the Jazz as mere 1-point favorites, so you know this one is essentially a wash. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 216.5 points. Donovan Mitchell is leading the team with 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. Rudy Gobert is adding 14.8 points and 14.4 rebounds per contest. Emmanuel Mudiay, Joe Ingles (10.8 points, 4.2 boards, 4.6 assists), Royce O'Neale, Jordan Clarkson, Tony Bradley and Georges Niang are important pieces for coach Quin Snyder. His 90.9 percent mark on field goal attempts was the best in his career. The Jazz narrowly escaped the Nets earlier in the year thanks to a monster second half, but they'll need to put together a far more complete game this time around if they hope to arise victorious. The Jazz are without Mike Conley right now due to a hamstring injury. Reports say that he could miss several weeks with the injury.
In the Nets win over the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn was guided on offense by Kyrie Irving. The Nets entered Monday fourth in the Atlantic Division, 8.5 games behind the Celtics for the top spot. The Nets bolted to a 37-16 lead after the opening quarter and didn't see the Hawks make a sustained run the rest of the way. The Nets shot 53% from the floor and 38% from the floor. Kyrie Irving returned from a 26-game layoff because of a shoulder issue and scored 21 points in 20 minutes. Offensively, Utah is putting up 109.4 points per game while shooting 47 percent as a squad. The Nets are 17in scoring defense as they allow 111 points per game this year. He is averaging 27.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game this season. Spencer Dinwiddie is adding 22.1 points and 6.4 assists per contest. The Jazz have a winning record on the road, having gone 12-9 to this point.