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Tonight comes an opportunity to respond to those who now doubt. The Utah Jazz weren’t just spanked by the Oklahoma City Thunder; they were severely scolded and sent to their rooms without dinner. It was a lackluster effort and one that was hopefully worth the lesson that should have been learned. Tonight is a Thanksgiving game against the Chicago Bulls. I was present last year when Larry Hughes hit a 15-foot jumper as time expired to win it for the Bulls and I want no part of that feeling this year. Here are a few reasons why I think the Jazz will win this game:
  1. The Jazz want revenge for last year.
  2. Deron wants a chance to shut down D Rose.
  3. It is Thanksgiving and a nationally televised game.
  4. The Jazz are coming off a game in which we turned the ball over once every two minutes.
  5. Memo should play better after a game under his belt.
It will be interesting to see if the Jazz can keep the rebounding machine (Noah) off the boards. I believe that if we can out rebound the Bulls, then we have a great chance to win this game. We have to do a better job of boxing out and not letting the Bulls get too many second chance points. Another huge thing to watch for is turnovers. Twenty-four turnovers is just too many. You are not going to win many basketball games when you are giving the ball away that much. I’m predicting a win for this one. I think that we will get off to a good start and keep them down throughout. I have the Jazz winning the game, 107-93. If this happens, it will be a happy Thanksgiving for all Jazz fans.
Bulls Key Team Stats Jazz
91.4 Points scored 99.5
96.9 Points allowed 99.6
.434 FG% own .478
.450 FG% opposition .459
.304 3PT% own .323
.316 3PT% opposition .364
160 Offensive Rebounds 150
396 Defensive Rebounds 420
556 Total Rebounds 570
1.5 Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.6
19.1 Fouls Per Game 21.7
Important Notes: 1)Jason Kidd is now second on the All-Time Assists list and this is what he said about Stockton, "Some records are meant to stay where they are, and the all-time assist number of John Stockton is going to stay there for a long time." 2) This is the first Thanksgiving Day game for the Utah Jazz since 1978, Matt Harpring is the only player on the Roster who was alive in 1978. 3)Jazz are favored by seven points. Jimbo Slice