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Saturday, January 29th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Nets (17-26) at Utah Jazz (15-29), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets play the final contest of a five-game road trip tonight, as they visit the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center.

This is the first of two contests between the clubs this season. The Nets are scheduled to host the Jazz on March 18th at Continental Airlines Arena.

The Jazz have won 16 of 18 and 27 of the last 31 meetings in this series. New Jersey has lost two straight and nine of its last 10 at Utah.

New Jersey is 2-2 on its current road swing. On Friday, Vince Carter had 30 points and nine assists as the Nets handed the Los Angeles Lakers their season-worst third straight loss, 109-103, at the Staples Center.

Rodney Buford added 18 points in Friday's victory for the Nets, winners of two straight and five of their last seven. The Nets ended a two-game skid against the Lakers.

New Jersey is 8-10 with Carter in the lineup. Carter has scored more than 20 points in 12 of the 18 games that he has played in for the Nets.

The Nets are 8-17 on the road this season.

Utah enters tonight's contest having lost three of its last four games. On Friday, Kevin Garnett scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied from 16 points down for a 93-91 victory over the Jazz at the Target Center.

Raul Lopez and Andrei Kirilenko scored 14 apiece in Friday's loss to lead Utah, which has dropped five of its last seven overall.

Kirilenko is averaging 10.5 points, four rebounds and three blocks since returning from a knee injury.

Utah is just 9-11 at home this season. The Jazz have won three of their last five at the Delta Center.

01/29 10:07:55 ET


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