Having devastatingly lost their game seven playoff clash with the Denver Nuggets to end last season when Mike Conley’s shot bounced out, the Utah Jazz have quickly put this setback behind them, for they’ve started this term in exceptional fashion.
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Currently possessing the best record in the Western Conference, they’ve impressively won 21 of their 26 matches. “I really feel like we came back this year with a purpose,” Utah center Rudy Gobert said. “I really feel like we have a chip on our shoulder, and we need that if we are going to do what we want to do this year.”
Equalling their best start to a season in franchise history, the team that has won 17 of their last 18 games have risen in the championship winning odds to $16, which places them as sixth favourite.
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Possessing a brilliant team spirit and collective cohesion, coach Quin Snyder deserves immense credit for bringing together the team. Thriving and seemingly going from strength to strength with every passing match, the fact they rank in the top five for both defensive and offensive efficiency, plus rank first for three point shooting, illustrates how brilliant they’ve been.
With star man Donovan Mitchell leading the way offensively and Gobert, who’s arguably the best defensive player in the league, crucial on the defensive end, these men have helped give them a fine base to work from. Ably supported by the likes of the experienced Conley, towering Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic, sharp shooter Joe Ingles, sixth man weapon Jordan Clarkson and the improved Royce O’Neale, the Jazz have certainly hit their straps with valuable contributions all over.
While they’ve started the season impeccably, it’ll be fascinating to see if they can keep up their tremendous level. Considering the Jazz are facing the Milwaukee Bucks, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers in the next two weeks, this will give us a better idea of how they stack up.
Having not made the NBA finals for 23 years or qualified for the Western Conference finals since 2007, this could well be the year they make a serious playoff run, which would certainly be the best remedy to treat the disappointment from last season.