The Utah Jazz (29-36) take on the Charlotte Hornets (29-35) tonight at Energy Solutions Arena at 7:00 PM. The Jazz are looking to go above .500 at home as they are currently 16-16 at Energy Solutions Arena. The Hornets are 13-17 away from their home court. They are also 2-9 on the road against the West. The Jazz have won 5 straight and 12 out of their last 15 games.
Here is Utah Jazz Head Coach Quin Snyder talking with the media following shoot around:
The Utah Jazz continue to be led by Gordon Hayward who is averaging 19.6 points per game. Rudy Gobert is playing outstanding as of late as he is averaging 7.5 points per game, a team leading 8.6 rebounds per game, as well as a team high 2.3 blocks per game. Derrick Favors chips in 16.4 points per game and 8.2 rebounds a game. The Jazz are 2nd in the NBA in scoring defense as they are only allowing 95.6 points per game.
Here is Rudy Gobert with the media following shoot around:
The Hornets are holding onto the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. They are one-half game behind Indiana for 7th and one-half game ahead of both Miami and Boston. Charlotte has won 18 of their last 22 games when scoring at least 96 points, but they’re 5-25 when they don’t.
Here is Utah Jazz Guard Rodney Hood with the media after shoot around:
The Jazz had limited the Hornets to an average of 88.2 points during a 10-game run in the series before losing 104-86 at Charlotte earlier this season on December 20. The Jazz have taken 19 of 24 all-time home meetings against Charlotte, including the last seven by an average of 16.1 points.
Elijah Millsap also met with the media after shoot around:
In other Jazz news, the team announced today that they have signed guard Bryce Cotton to a multi-year contract. Cotton has appeared in 3 games since signing his first 10-day contract on February 24. They have also signed forward Jack Cooley of the Idaho Stampede to a second 10-day contract. He signed his first 10-day on February 24.
Bryce Cotton talked with the media after shoot around. Here is that audio: