Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz Pick & Prediction MARCH 21st 2024

Judging by the first two meetings of the Jazz and the Mavericks this season, it is anyone’s guess what will happen Thursday when Utah visits Dallas.

The teams have played two wildly different contests against each other. Dallas crushed visiting Utah 147-97 on Dec. 6. On New Year’s Day, the Jazz made an 87-point turnaround, smashing the Mavericks 127-90 in Salt Lake City.

After the Thursday contest in Dallas, the teams will face off again on Monday in Utah.

Based on recent results, the momentum pendulum could swing in Dallas’ direction. The Mavericks (40-29) have won six of seven outings, while the slumping Jazz (29-40) have dropped three straight and 14 of 17.

Utah’s slide continued Wednesday night in Oklahoma City with a 119-107 loss to the Thunder. The Jazz, who played without Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson, were within two after three quarters but were outscored 18-6 to start the final period.

“I thought we played like 42 good minutes tonight,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said. “I was really proud of our team’s effort and competitiveness tonight. The first half was probably as good of a half as we’ve played in a while, which shows some growth and maturity.”

The Jazz led 54-53 at halftime.

Collin Sexton paced Utah with 25 points and seven assists, but he was one of only three Jazz players to reach double figures in scoring. John Collins added 16 points and Taylor Hendricks chipped in 12.

“Tonight was a really good example of progress from the team,” Clark said. “We didn’t shoot the ball very well, but there are far more positives from tonight’s game than negatives. We just had a stretch of the game that got away from us.”

The Mavericks are coming off of a win despite a rough shooting night by one of their stars. Luka Doncic compiled a triple-double of 18 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds but made only 6 of 27 field-goal attempts in a 113-107 road win over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.

“Yes, it does count as a ‘W,'” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “Not all wins are pretty.”

Kyrie Irving led Dallas with 28 points as the team reached the 40-win mark and remained in contention for a top-six spot in the Western Conference standings.

“For us not to shoot the ball well, we relied on our defense to help us get this win,” Kidd said. “San Antonio is a team that puts a lot of pressure on your defense. I thought the guys did a really good job on Victor (Wembanyama) and (Devin) Vassell.”

Clarkson, who missed Utah’s Wednesday game with a groin injury, notched the Jazz’s first triple-double in 15 years during the Jan. 1 matchup with Dallas. He finished with 20 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds off the bench for his first career triple-double. It marked the first time a Jazz player reached that milestone in the regular season since Carlos Boozer did so on Feb. 13, 2008, spanning 1,256 games.

The Jazz were a different team at the beginning of 2024, as they were in the midst of winning 12 of 14 games.

“Eighty-seven point swing is kind of wild,” Markkanen said that night. “It feels good to start the year off right.”

–Field Level Media

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