Recently, I was able to get in contact with Josh Haslam the editor of Fansided’s Utah Jazz site, Purple and Blues. Josh and I discussed tonights game, and exchanged some thoughts of how our teams have performed so far this season. Anyway, here is the Q & A with Purple and Blues, please enjoy!
Q: The Jazz are coming off of a slaughtering of the Kings. Do you see them carrying the momentum from the big win and getting off to a good start tomorrow?
A: The Jazz have won 4 of their last 5 games with Marvin Williams starting. Marvin is expected to play and so yes I think the Jazz momentum will continue. I think teams are expecting a pushover when it comes to the Jazz, but when the Jazz are at full strength they are actually playing really good basketball.
Q: Gordan Hayward is your guys leading scorer. How fun has he been to watch, and does he have potential to be a star in the league?
A: Gordon is a very good player and might even get a max contract at the end of the season. What has been fun watching G Hay is the fact that every year he has been given a bigger role on the team. He works harder than any player I know and he HATES losing. It has taken him a little time to get use to being the number one option but he learns every game. He will be a top 25 player in this league at one point in his career if he stays healthy.
Q: What advantages do you feel that the Jazz have over the Nuggets, and what do you the Nuggets have over the Jazz?
A: The Jazz I feel are longer and have a bigger front inside that helps them protect the paint. When the Jazz play a lineup of Burks, Hayward, Marvin, Favors and Gobert it’s ridiculous the wing span in that group. The Nuggets however put up points like crazy and have scored over 100 in 10 of their 13 wins. With Lawson arguably the only all-star caliber player on either team right now makes the Nuggets a favorite in this one. The Manimal gives the Jazz and every other team fits as well.
Q: Finally, how do you see this game playing out, and what is your score prediction?
A: I think the Jazz are really confident right now since they are healthy and finally are hitting shots with Trey Burke opening the floor for everyone. Since both teams play in the altitude nobody gets an advantage there. My prediction is it will be a high scoring affair with both teams having a coin flip for who wins. Just because I’m feeling the Jazz are out to prove something I say the Jazz win in Denver 108-105.
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