Matchup: Utah Jazz (2-4) at Detroit Pistons (2-3), 6 p.m.
When: 6 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit
What to Watch For:
1. The Pistons have won two in a row: What happens if Detroit earns a third straight victory against the Jazz? DSN reader Jayson Kinsey contributed this gem to help clear things up (likely a facsimile of Detroit’s pre-game chalk talk this evening):
2. Detroit’s long-range bombardment: After hitting on less than 25% of their three-point attempts through their first three contests, the Pistons have drilled 15-25 (.600) over their last two, both victories. Detroit’s proficiency with the trey ball will heavily influence the success rate of the rest of their offensive execution. Court spacing rules everything around us.
3. Burks & Burke: Both fourth-year shooting guard Alec Burks and former Michigan standout Trey Burke have faced varying degrees of offensive struggles thus far in the 2015 campaign. In particular, Burke is shooting just .333% from the field over his first six contests. A breakout performance from either will provide a potent boost to a Utah club riding an early season roller coaster that most recently saw them roll over the Cavaliers on a Gordon Hayward buzzer beater, then coast against the Mavericks two nights later, losing by 23.
4. Rudy Gobert vs. Everyone: Gobert, now in his second season, stands 7’1” and features a slightly unsettling 7’8.5” wingspan and 9’7” standing reach (that’s right, he’s five inches short of grabbing rim… flat footed). He’s been a difference maker off the bench thus far, blocking 1.5 shots per game in just 17 minutes a night. The manner with which he matches up against the likes of Andre Drummond & Greg Monroe should be of particular interest.
5. Quin Snyder: New Jazz head coach or potential villain for 3 Ninjas sequel? Word has surfaced early suggesting first year Jazz coach Quin Snyder may resemble an early 90’s movie villain. Those rumors may have some legs…