The Utah Jazz will have their hands full against three formidable Western Conference foes in Week Three of the 2018-19 campaign.
Minus a minor (and surprising) setback against the Memphis Grizzlies last Monday, it was smooth sailing for the Utah Jazz in their second week of action. Following the home loss against Memphis, Utah remained undefeated on the road by rattling off three straight solid wins, defeating the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks.
Unfortunately, the games against Houston and New Orleans didn’t serve as all that great of measuring sticks considering that Chris Paul was suspended for the contest and Anthony Davis was out due to injury. Nevertheless, Utah took care of business on the road, and that’s what mattered as they went 3-1 last week.
They out-performed my predictions record for this past week, as I had them defeating Memphis and losing to New Orleans, which put me at 2-2 on the week and landing at a mark of 4-2 on the season, identical to that of the Jazz. Both the team and my projections will aim to stay on track with an exciting Week Three of action in which Utah will face three tough teams.
They get a bit of a break between contests as they won’t play until Wednesday of this week at which point they’ll visit the Minnesota Timberwolves for their final bout of the current four-game road trip. After that, they’ll aim to get revenge over the Memphis Grizzlies as they’ll host them yet again within the friendly confines of Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday.
Then, the Jazz will face a brutal turnaround as they’ll take on the Denver Nuggets on the second night of a back-to-back in the Mile High City. Both the Timberwolves and Nuggets figure to be playoff contenders, and as the Jazz learned the hard way last week, the Grizzlies simply can’t be slept on, so they’ll be in for a challenging Week Three. Let’s dive in to each one of the trio of important matchups.