Looking at any recent NBA Power Rankings, you’ll find teams you expect to be at the top, like the Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, and Celtics. But the Utah Jazz are steadily increasing their rank and look to be a substantial threat in the West.
Jordan Clarkson, pictured above and an early Sixth Man of the Year contender, scored 23 points, while Donovan Mitchell added 18 as the Utah Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets 109-105 last night. Sunday’s game was their first matchup since last year’s thrilling Playoff series that ended up in Denver’s favor in seven games. Utah now has won its past five games, matching the Lakers for the league’s longest active winning streak.
Clarkson has been outstanding, averaging 20.8 points a game paired with a 64.7 true shooting percentage. Another critical element to their success comes from Bojan Bogdanovic, who’s finally found his offensive rhythm after a slow start.
When these two players start to score, Utah becomes a challenging team to beat. It opens up the scoring possibilities and takes all the pressure off Mitchell, who can focus on closing out games, just like he did last night.
Side Note: Indiana Pacers’ Caris LeVert out indefinitely after a small mass found on his kidney.
Catch you Thursday.