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Jazz Forward John Collins Shows Paint Presence Against Nets

Jan 29, 2024, 6:06 PM | Updated: 6:11 pm

SALT LAKE CITYJazz forward John Collins took advantage of his skillset with a couple of early baskets near the rim during Utah’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Collins scores on putback against Nets

The Nets hosted the Jazz at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Monday, January 29.

RELATED: Jazz Face Nets Looking For Third Straight Win

During his first stint on the court, Collins scored a pair of buckets inside the paint. First, the first-year Jazzman put the roundball in the cylinder off a nice assist by Collin Sexton.

Later in the quarter, Collins fought for an offensive rebound after a miss before scoring on a putback bucket.

During his first seven minutes on the hardwood, the Wake Forest product scored six points on 3-4 field goals. He also added two rebounds.

This season, Collins is averaging 14.1 points per contest on 51.2 percent shooting.

Utah’s game against Brooklyn is broadcast on KJZZ, Jazz+NBA League PassKSL Sports Zone (97.5 FM), KSLSports.com, and the KSL Sports app.

Jazz vs. Nets

The Jazz will travel to face the Nets hoping to extend their winning streak to three straight games.

Utah is coming off back-to-back wins over the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Hornets in games three and four of their six-game road trip.

The Nets meanwhile are looking to string together consecutive wins for the first time since December 23-26 when they beat the Detroit Pistons in a home-and-home series over Christmas.

Jazz Can Guarantee .500 Road Trip

With a win over the Nets, the Jazz can guarantee themselves a record of no worse than 3-3 on their six-game road swing.

The Jazz opened the trip, their longest of the season, with losses to the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans before blowing out the lowly Wizards and Hornets.

After starting the season 1-11 on the road the Jazz are 8-6 in their last 14 road contests.

The Jazz will wrap up their road trip against the New York Knicks on Tuesday before playing eight of their next nine games in Salt Lake City.

Nets Struggling After Strong Start

The Nets opened their schedule with a promising 15-15 record through the first 30 games of the season.

However, they’ve managed just three wins in their last 19 outings dating back to December 26.

Ben Simmons is set to return from a back injury tonight after missing the last 38 games.

Wing Dorian Finney-Smith is out with a left ankle sprain.

Kyle Ireland is a Sports Producer and Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com. Listen to Ireland on Yards After College: An NFL Podcast. Follow him on X (@kyleireland), Threads (@kyleirelandksl), and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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