Trey Burke alert! The former Wolves first-rounder is averaging 18 points, over 9 assists over his last four games and double-doubles in his last two — a loss to San Antonio in which he scored 17 points on 19 shots and a win in Detroit where he scored 20 points on 17 shots. He’s averaging almost 35 minutes and shooting 42% over the last five games (in which Utah is 3-2), so don’t go flipping out. He’s a rookie on a bad team with a long leash.
Utah likely starting lineup:
PG Trey Burke
SG Alec Burks
SF Richard Jefferson
PF Marvin Williams
C Derrick Favors
Things aren’t quite breaking out the way they’re supposed to this season for the Jazz. 27th in points per game, 25th in rebounds, 20th in assists.
Gordon Hayward is out. He’s the Jazz leading scorer, at over 17 a night.
Alec Burks put up 34 points on 19 shots (8-8 at the line) in a win against Denver on Monday and followed it up with 20 against San Antonio Friday. He’ll be matched up with Kevin Martin, so…
This is supposed to be Enes Kanter’s big breakout year. The big guy is averaging just over 20 minutes a game over the last ten and 13 points and 10 rebounds in them.
In just over 31 minutes a game this season Derrick Favors is 13 points, 9 rebounds and under 1.5 blocks a game.
Wolves likely starting lineup:
PG Ricky Rubio
SG Kevin Martin
SF Corey Brewer
PF Kevin Love
C Nikola Pekovic
Love is shooting under 37% from the field over his last five. He’s pulling down over 11 rebounds and still getting to the line over 6 times, but the affect of not shooting it well carries over to Love’s defense and hustle. Combine it with Rubio’s struggles and the Wolves have some poor body language out there. Let’s hope they get it right against Utah.