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 overall 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, 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: