Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns: Keys to a fourth straight win

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 25: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz goes to the basket against the Phoenix Suns on October 25, 2017 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 25: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz goes to the basket against the Phoenix Suns on October 25, 2017 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – JANUARY 28: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns tumbles over Ryan Anderson #33 of the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 28, 2018 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Key #2 – Dominate the turnover battle

Early in the season, the Utah Jazz struggled mightily with turnovers. This was somewhat expected as the team sought to adjust to new teammates and find their groove without the two leading scorers from the previous year.

They’ve since fixed those woes in a big way, but in the first contest against Phoenix, their turnover struggles were in full display. The Jazz posted 23 turnovers to Phoenix’s 16 and their inability to take care of the ball absolutely sunk them. Every time the Jazz tried to make a run, untimely turnovers seemed to throw them off repeatedly.

It was an inexcusable performance, to be honest, and would be even worse if they were to repeat it tonight considering that Phoenix currently ranks third to last in the NBA in turnovers per game at 15.9. The Jazz, meanwhile, have moved all the way up to 15th in the league with 14.4 giveaways per contest.

The Suns have become the more turnover-prone team of the two and the Jazz need to fully take advantage. If they maintain momentum by taking care of the ball themselves while generating easy points off of Phoenix turnovers, they could very well win in a landslide.