Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 2nd 2022

Stadium: American Airlines Center Dallas
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During their surprise start, the new-look Utah Jazz have taken on and beaten teams with elite players, including Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zion Williamson and Ja Morant. On Wednesday night, they'll get their first shot at another superstar, Luka Doncic, when they visit the host Dallas Mavericks.

Judging by the way they've played in the aftermath of the Donovan Mitchell-Rudy Gobert-Quin Snyder era, the Jazz certainly aren't going to quiver at the challenge. They might not have any NBA superstars, per se, but the Jazz aren't lacking in hustle and determination. It's led them to six wins in eight games, making them one of the most intriguing success stories of the early season.

"Nobody is backing down or afraid of anything," Jazz guard Mike Conley said after Utah defeated Memphis 121-105 Monday night in Salt Lake City. "That's who we are. We are that team and it's fun to be around that -- guys who are scrappy that don't care about getting elbowed and don't care about fouling too many times."

Lauri Markkanen has been the biggest revelation so far for Utah. The 7-foot Markkanen, who previously played for Chicago and Cleveland, is averaging career highs in scoring (22.6), rebounding (9.3), assists (2.9), blocks (1.0) and field-goal percentage (50.7 percent). There's hope that some of those numbers could rise when his 3-point shooting (a career-low 31.5 percent) returns to where it's been in previous years, about five percentage points higher.

The Finnish forward scored 31 points with 11 rebounds and four blocked shots in Monday's victory.

"He has good feet, and he knows how to use his size and length. He's a legit 7-footer," Jazz coach Will Hardy said. "His size, coupled with his ability to move, makes him a good defender."

The Mavericks might be short-handed against the up-and-coming Jazz.

Center Christian Wood, who's averaged 16.7 points on 56.9 percent shooting and 8.2 rebounds, has been listed as questionable with a non-COVID illness. Coach Jason Kidd has also said that Frank Ntilikina (right ankle) and Davis Bertans (right knee) are not ready to return to action.

Doncic is coming off a monster performance in a win over Orlando on Sunday. The point guard scored 44 points on 17-of-26 shooting and dished out five assists in the 114-105 victory.

Doncic scored 30 points in the first half, helping Dallas win after a frustrating home overtime loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday. He scored 31 in that one, but it came on 8-of-23 shooting, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range.

"You could tell he was going to be ready to go," Kidd said. "He came out and set the tone."

While Utah has surged this season, Dallas has yet to take off. In fact, the Mavs are in a lose, win, lose, win pattern so far this season.

"There's no reason why we shouldn't be 6-0," Dallas guard Josh Green said. "For us, this is a learning curve, and I'm just happy we bounced back."

This is the third game of a five-game homestead for Dallas. The Jazz begin a three-game trek, heading to Los Angeles for games against the Lakers and Clippers after this tilt in Texas.

--Field Level Media

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Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks Recap APR 18TH 2022

Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points after a rough start and Bojan Bogdanovic had 26 as the Utah Jazz took advantage of Luka Doncic's absence to defeat the host Dallas Mavericks 99-93 in the opening game of their Western Conference first-round series Saturday afternoon.

Rudy Gobert grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the defensive effort in this low-scoring contest for the Jazz, who took both a 1-0 lead and home-court advantage with the road win.

Mitchell had a rough overall game from the field, shooting 10-for-29, and only scored two points in the first half before exploding for 30 in the second half. He also had six rebounds and six assists. MIke Conley added 13 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Jazz.

Dallas played without its superstar, who was ruled out of Game 1 Saturday morning. Doncic suffered a left calf strain in the regular season finale Sunday against San Antonio. It's uncertain whether he'll be back for Game 2 on Monday.

Jalen Brunson scored 24 and Spencer Dinwiddie tossed in 22 for the Mavericks, who were limited offensively without their leading scorer. Reggie Bullock added 15 points and Dorian Finney-Smith had 14.

Utah, which struggled to put teams away after taking big leads this season, was up 86-75 in the fourth quarter when Dallas made a final push -- mostly from the free-throw line. The Mavs pulled within one with 2:12 left after a Max Kleber 3-pointer capped a 16-6 surge.

Kleber had a chance to put Dallas ahead but missed from beyond the arc on the next possession.

Royce O'Neal then had a big possession for the Jazz, hauling in his own missed shot and then nailing a 3-pointer for a 95-91 lead with 56.2 remaining. Mitchell added some free throws and Utah's defense fended off the Mavs' final comeback effort.

Jordan Clarkson and Bogdanovic sparked the Jazz's second-quarter resurgence, which was capped off by a 13-2 run heading into halftime. Bogdanovic had 20 points, including a last-second 3 to put the Jazz up 45-43, and Clarkson scored 10 in the first half.

Mitchell came alive in the third quarter, scoring the first two buckets out of the locker room en route to a 19-point outburst.

Utah outrebounded Dallas 53-34 and shot 43.4 percent from the field compared to just 38.2 percent for the Mavericks.

--Field Level Media

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