Trae Young Questionable As Jazz Face Hawks
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz will take the best record in the West to the Eastern Conference for the first time this season when they face the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night.
The Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night to move to 9-3 to open the year and stand a full game ahead of the second-seeded Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, and Denver Nuggets.
The Hawks meanwhile are also off to a hot start at 7-3.
Jazz Get First Taste Of The East
The Jazz have had a unique start to the season facing 12 consecutive Western Conference opponents.
NBA schedulers appeared to have given the Jazz a gauntlet of unwinnable games to open the year but the team has exceeded even the wildest expectations.
The Jazz are a perfect 5-0 in Utah and have a 4-3 record on the road, including consecutive wins away from home over the Lakers and the Clippers.
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— KSL Sports (@kslsports) November 8, 2022
The team now faces the Hawks to open a three-game road stand, before back-to-back games against the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday and Sunday.
Lauri Markkanen continued his strong play in Monday’s win over the Lakers finishing with 23 points on 10-15 shooting.
Jordan Clarkson added 22 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
Jarred Vanderbilt has missed the last two games for the Jazz and is listed as questionable against the Hawks with adductor soreness.
Hawks Could Be Without Trae Young
The Hawks could be without All-Star guard Trae Young when they host the Jazz on Wednesday.
The guard is listed as questionable after missing Monday’s game with right shin soreness.
Atlanta didn’t miss a beat without Young in the lineup, handing the Milwaukee Bucks their first loss of the year 117-98.
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— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) November 8, 2022
Young is averaging 28.2 points and 9.4 assists but has struggled shooting the ball. The guard has knocked down just 38 percent of his field goal attempts including 32 percent of his threes.
Former Spurs star Dejounte Murray had 25 points in Young’s absence to lead the Hawks.
Utah Jazz And Atlanta Hawks Broadcast
The Jazz and Hawks will tip off at 5:30 pm MT in Atlanta. The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet and can be heard on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. The game will also be streamed on DirecTV Stream and FuboTV.
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