NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 6th (All times eastern)
Utah Jazz (16-16) at Memphis Grizzlies (20-10), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz take aim at their sixth straight win this evening when they open a four-game road trip against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.
On Tuesday, Andrei Kirilenko stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, eight rebounds, nine assists, seven blocks and six steals to propel Utah to a 90-80 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Delta Center. Mehmet Okur added a team- high 20 points and 10 boards for the Jazz, who have won six of nine to get back to .500 (16-16).
Rookie Deron Williams pitched in with 19 points off the bench for Utah, which swept the Lakers in a home and home series, also winning, 98-94, on Sunday.
Utah, which is in the midst of its longest winning streak since a six-game run in March of 2003, has not been over the break-even mark since it was 3-2 on November 11.
Kirilenko's play has been a big reason behind the Jazz's success of late, as he is averaging 17.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists in his last five starts.
The Jazz, who will also visit Detroit, Washington and Philadelphia on this trip, are 8-8 away from home this season.
Memphis, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note as well after Eddie Jones scored 23 points and Pau Gasol added 21 to help the Grizzlies past the Golden State Warriors, 104-94.
Gasol also had nine assists and seven rebounds for the surging Grizzlies, who opened up a commanding 20-point halftime lead and held off the Warriors the rest of the way.
Memphis, which has won four straight and six of seven, also received 19 points from Bobby Jackson and 16 from Shane Battier.
The Grizzlies, who hit the road on Saturday before returning home for a pair of games, are 10-5 in their building this season.
Utah has split its two matchups with the Grizz this season, but has dropped four of the last five meetings. The Jazz have also lost three of four in Memphis, but are 13-5 as the visitor in this series.
01/06 10:26:54 ET