National Basketball Association
Preview
Dallas at Utah
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 24, 2018
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Utah Jazz will look to start a new winning streak when they host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Utah won a season-best 11 straight games prior to the All-Star break but struggled offensively Friday when it dropped a 100-81 decision to the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Jazz weren't crisp like the club that sailed into the break and committed 20 turnovers against Portland and tallied only 17 points in each of the final three quarters. "Maybe it's not a bad thing, you know," Utah center Rudy Gobert told reporters of the team's first loss since Jan. 22. "For some people, we can forget about the streak and we just focus on every game." Dallas has dropped 13 of its last 16 games after suffering a 124-102 road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. "I'm not making any excuses," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. "The guys we have in this locker room, we have to show up the right way. Our level of force wasn't there."

TV: 9 p.m. ET, FS Southwest (Dallas), AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Utah)

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (18-41): Dallas is 7-22 on the road this season and figures to face long odds against the Jazz in a road back-to-back while Utah is playing consecutive home games on its back-to-back. "It's going to be extremely difficult," Carlisle said after the loss in Los Angeles. "They got their butts kicked so that is going to be a difficult place to play (Saturday) night. You know what, we need big challenges and we need to step it up." Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was a meager 5-of-16 shooting against the Lakers but tallied 13 points for his 23rd consecutive double-digit performance.

ABOUT THE JAZZ (30-29):
The availability of point guard Ricky Rubio (hip) will be determined Saturday as he played 20 minutes against Portland after missing the final three games prior to the All-Star break. Rubio wasn't effective and had more turnovers than assists (three to two) and scored only four points. "He wouldn't have played if he was in harm's way," Utah coach Quin Snyder said afterward. "It takes a while for a player to get their timing back and certainly their wind back. It is good to have him back and he was on a minute's restriction."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Jazz have won the past four meetings, including a 104-89 home victory Oct. 30.

2. Dallas PF Dirk Nowitzki (back) departed in the fourth quarter against the Lakers and his status will be determined Saturday, according to Carlisle.

3. Utah rookie SG Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points for his fifth straight 20-point outing - he is averaging 24.4 points during the stretch.

PREDICTION: Jazz 96, Mavericks 82
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Dallas 18-41 L3 11-19 7-22 1-1 17-40 4-8 10-29
Utah 30-29 L1 18-10 12-19 0-1 30-28 5-8 19-15
Last Meeting
Dallas Utah
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
10/30/17 DAL 89 UTA 104 89 42 44.7 104 35 46.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Dallas D. Nowitzki 18 63.6 0
Utah R. Hood 25 60.0 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Dallas D. Powell 10 3 7
Utah R. Gobert 12 3 9
Assists Player  
Dallas D. Harris 6
Utah R. Gobert 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Dallas H. Barnes 1068 44.8 191
Utah D. Mitchell 1097 43.8 149
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Dallas H. Barnes 379 62 317
Utah D. Favors 414 143 271
Assists Player  
Dallas J. Barea 336
Utah R. Rubio 284
Quickchart Matchup
Dallas Dallas Off vs  Utah Utah Defense
Dallas Off vs Utah - Points For 102.1 Points For
Dallas Off vs Utah - Points Against 101.6 Points Against
Dallas - FG% 44.6 FG%
Utah - FG% 45.9 FG%
Dallas - Reb 40.4 Reb
Utah - Reb 42.2 Reb
Utah Utah Off vs  Dallas Dallas Defense
Utah Off vs Dallas - Points For 103.1 Points For
Utah Off vs Dallas - Points Against 104.8 Points Against
Utah - FG% 45.7 FG%
Dallas - FG% 47.0 FG%
Utah - Reb 42.1 Reb
Dallas - Reb 45.2 Reb