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On July 30 the Utah Jazz will restart their season against the New Orleans Pelicans. There is great irony in the Jazz playing the very first game back. That is because Utah C Rudy Gobert was the player that tested positive for COVID-19 last March which triggered the full shutdown of all major sports. Utah is fourth in the Western Conference standings with a record of 41-23 straight up, 30-32-2 against the spread and 33-31 over the total. SG Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz with 24.2 points per game.

For the 2019-20 season Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert earned the accomplishment of being named an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career, which began as a 2013 first round draft pick with the Denver Nuggets. Gobert arrived from France and, while a solid prospect and player, was never considered to be a Hall of Famer that would end up making NBA history.

Well, Gobert did indeed make NBA history alright. In fact, he will go down as one of the most infamous professional athletes of all time. After making a show of wiping himself all over tables and equipment at a press conference Gobert was discovered to have been infected the COVID-19 virus. And that’s when the dominoes began to fall. Just as the Jazz were on the hardwood set to tipoff against the Oklahoma City Thunder the game was called off. And then sports history was made. Within a day the entire sports industry came to a sudden halt. And it will remain that way for the foreseeable future.

Utah Jazz at a Glance

NBA Championship Odds: +8000 (Aug 16)

Western Conference Odds: +4000 (Aug 16)

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Utah Jazz +398

Denver Nuggets -492

Playoff Preview

The Jazz are locked into the No. 6 seed of the Western Conference Playoffs. That will pit them against the Denver Nuggets in the first round. Utah lost to Denver in all three of their meetings this season, but the last game between these two teams was a double overtime barnburner last week.

As always, Utah will rely on Rudy Gobert to anchor its defense. The French center was named Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, but he has uncharacteristically struggled on that end of the floor this season. Gobert posted a defensive rating of 106.6 in the regular season, and he has had a hard time adapting as more teams are shooting threes and negating his presence in the paint.

Donovan Mitchell is the main offensive weapon for the Jazz after Bojan Bogdanovic was shut down for the year following a wrist injury. Mitchell is asked to do a lot in this offense, and that’s why his shooting numbers aren’t great. However, the ball is always in his hands when they need a basket.

Season Review

With no games on the schedule until further notice the Jazz can use their time to collect, if not hold their breath. SG and 2020 NBA All-Star Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for the coronavirus. In fact, Gobert was forced to apologize for his reckless actions that put his entire team at risk.

At the time of the suspension of play the Jazz had a record of 41-23 straight up, 30-32-2 against the spread, and 33-31 over the total. Utah is 16-16-1 against the spread on the road, 13-17-1 vs. the line at home, 21-28-2 on the board as a chalk, and 8-4 with the line as a dog. Utah is in fourth place in the Western Conference. The Jazz won five of their last six games straight up but have gotten the money in only two of their last 10 games. Three of their last four games went under the total.

Utah had NBA metrics of 17th for scoring offense, fourth for field goal percentage, second for three-point field goals, ninth for points allowed, and fourth for defensive rebounding.

SG Donovan Mitchell was a first-round draft pick out of Louisville in 2017 and was named an All-Star for the first time of his career. At the time of the schedule suspension Mitchell was Utah’s leading scorer with 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.

SF Bojan Bogdanovic was also having a strong season for the Jazz. He was averaging 20.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. In fact, Bogdanovic was enjoying a career best scoring average at the time of the scheduling halt.

And then there is C Rudy Gobert, who was averaging 15.1 points, 13.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Gobert will hopefully use the time off to address some maturity issues. Head coach Quin Snyder has been an unqualified success for the Jazz in his six seasons, the last three of which ended up with playoff berths. To his credit, Snyder was able to get the train back on the track after a rough patch from January 27 through February 26 in which they lost nine out of 13 games. With their fourth-place position in the West the Jazz would enjoy home court advantage for the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Utah Jazz Seasons (2000)

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2019-20 44-28 TBD
2018-18 50-32 Lost First Round
2017-18 48-34 Lost Second Round
2016-17 51-31 Lost Second Round
2015-16 40-42 -
2014-15 38-44 -
2013-14 25-57 -
2012-13 43-39 -
2011-12 36-30 Lost First Round
2010-11 39-43 -
2009-10 53-29 Lost Second Round
2008-09 48-34 Lost First Round
2007-08 54-28 Lost Second Round
2006-07 51-31 Lost Western Conference Finals
2005-06 41-41 -
2004-05 26-56 -
2003-04 42-40 -
2002-03 47-35 Lost First Round
2001-02 44-38 Lost First Round
2000-01 53-29 Lost First Round
1999-00 55-27 Lost Second Round
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