04 January 2011
UTAH JAZZ (24-11) vs. ATLANTA HAWKS (22-14) Game #36 • Home Game #20 • EnergySolutions Arena • SALT LAKE CITY January 5, 2011 • 7 p.m. (MT) • TV: FSN Utah RADIO: 1320 AM KFNZ/B98.7 FM and 1600 AM ESPN DEPORTE
Paul Millsap – GAMETIME DECISION (bruised right hip) looking like a nogo
Mehmet Okur – DAY-TO-DAY (lower back strain)
Marvin Williams (back contusion) is out
90-86 Nov. 12th 2010
Matchup of the Night if Millsap Plays
Paul Milsap (doubtful) Vs. Josh Smith
Josh Smith has hit on 27 three pointers this year which is three times his previous 3 year total of (9). Smith is 7th in the NBA in blocks and is one of the best weak side shot blockers in the league. He is also 18th in the league in RPG. The Atlanta Hawks are 17-4 when he has two or more blocks. He will get more than two blocks tonight.
Fundamentally, I think that Millsap is much much better than Smith. Athletically, Smith is just a freak of nature. Millsap should win this match up because his of his patience, and a specific role in a very good offensive scheme. I believe that Millsap has more heart, than about 90% of the players in the NBA. He will have difficulty when Horford comes over on help defense, let's hope that he uses his passing ability to get the shooters some open shots.
Jake Jeppsen- Joe Johnson, having a horrible year shooting, Jazz main threats will be Horford and Smith. OREB will make the difference in outcome of the game. Not having Millsap (doubtful he plays) . Personally feel like a slow start tonight will equal a loss. Start hot, but not too hot to get complacent.
Jimmy Bragg- The way we are playing, and without Millsap, I will be suprised if we lose by less than ten. I am a pessimist now.
Brendan Kenney- Overly optimistic. The Utah Jazz are going to shoot these birds down. Hayward gets 20 and ten.
Spencer Campbell- Hawks 104 Utah Jazz 92 I don't feel good about this at all.
Spread is Jazz -5.5 they must not have the Millsap News.