Don't let the 28-31 record and the three-game losing streak fool you. This Jazz team will be a good test for Toronto tonight at the Air Canada Centre. Utah is loaded with promising young talent and is coming off a hard-fought loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday night. The Jazz are also fighting tooth and nail for the eighth playoff spot in the West, so the Raptors can't take them lightly.
When these teams met back in November, Utah walked away with a narrow victory after a big fourth quarter.
Here are three storylines to keep an eye on as the game unfolds:
After logging some heavy-duty minutes against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, Dwane Casey elected to rest Kyle Lowry for Sunday's tilt with the Pistons. With four full days of rest under his belt, expect Lowry to come out in attack mode and look to impose his will on the Jazz point guards.
We're familiar with what DeMar DeRozan brings to the table, but on the opposing wings will be some legitimate threats in Gordon Hayward and Rodney Hood. Hayward is Utah's leading scorer at 20 points per game while Hood chips in with 15 of his own. Both guys are adept from beyond the arc as they each knock down two three-pointers per game. James Johnson will likely start on Hayward, leaving DeRozan to contend with Hood.
Utah is blessed with one of the most underrated players in the NBA in Derrick Favors. For the season he's averaging close to 17 points and nine rebounds per game. Offensively, he can beat you in a number of ways, so expect Luis Scola to have his share of trouble trying to guard him. Patrick Patterson will log the majority of the minutes at power forward, but if he gets into some foul trouble or needs a blow, it could be an opportunity for newest Raptor Jason Thompson to see some action. The fact that we're even discussing the possibility of him seeing some important minutes proves Thompson is already more valuable to the Raptors than Anthony Bennett.
Where to watch: TSN at 7:30 p.m. EST