NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, March 28th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Clippers (21-50) at Utah Jazz (47-25), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Northwest Division-leading Utah Jazz wrap up a three- game homestand when they host the slumping Los Angeles Clippers tonight at EnergySolutions Arena.
Utah is No. 4 in the Western Conference playoff race at the moment and owns a three-game advantage over the second-place Denver Nuggets in the Northwest.
The Jazz have won two in a row. On Tuesday, Carlos Boozer notched his 48th double-double of the season, compiling 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Utah withstood a late rally to come away with a 128-106 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Seven Jazz players tallied double-figures and three recorded double-doubles as Utah improved its league-best home record to 31-4. Deron Williams contributed 14 points and a game-high 15 assists, while Mehmet Okur notched 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Matt Harpring added a season-high 18 points off the bench for Utah and Kyle Korver provided late-game heroics by scoring nine of his 10 points in the final quarter. Ronnie Brewer rounded out the Jazz's top scorers with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.
Utah will next visit Al Jefferson and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday at the Target Center.
The Clippers have dropped nine in a row and will conclude a three-game road trip tonight. On Wednesday, Tim Duncan poured in 26 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Clippers, 97-88, at the AT&T Center.
Corey Maggette scored 22 points and rookie Al Thornton had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, whose skid is their longest of the season. Chris Kaman ended with 16 points in Los Angeles' 11th defeat in 12 outings.
Los Angeles is 9-26 as the visitor this season. The Clippers, who have lost seven in a row on the road, will host Memphis on Saturday and Dallas on Monday at the Staples Center.
The Jazz are 2-1 against the Clippers this season and have won five of the last seven contests in the series.
The Clippers have lost nine straight and 35 of their last 36 at Utah.
03/28 10:20:50 ET