Hornets-Jazz Preview

It may be only one loss, but the Utah Jazz were humiliated on

their home court in their last game.

That doesn’t tend to be a problem when hosting the New Orleans


Coming off the most-lopsided home defeat in franchise history,

the Jazz look to re-establish their success in Salt Lake City by

beating the last-place Hornets for the 10th time in 13 games there

Wednesday night.

Utah (24-21) has been much more effective at home, going 15-5

compared to 9-16 on the road.

The Jazz extended their home winning streak to six by beating

Indiana 114-110 in overtime on Sunday, but that run came to an

alarming end with Monday’s 125-80 defeat to Houston. Utah made 39.5

percent from the field – 5 of 18 from beyond the arc – and was

outscored 26-2 in transition.

“One loss. We were terrible,” coach Ty Corbin said. “Whether you

lose by one or 45, it’s one loss. This team has shown a lot of grit

and character all year long, and we’ll respond.

“We don’t feel sorry for ourselves.”

Utah will again be without starting guard Gordon Hayward, who

will miss his second straight game due to a sprained right


The Jazz have split two meetings with the Hornets (15-30), but

both have come in New Orleans. A visit from the team tied with

Phoenix for the worst record in the Western Conference seems to be

just what Utah needs to bounce back.

The Jazz have won nine of the last 11 home meetings with the

Hornets, averaging 103.3 points while connecting on 49.1 percent

from the floor – 46.0 from long range.

Al Jefferson is averaging 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds over his

last four home matchups with New Orleans. Jefferson, Utah’s leading

scorer at 17.0 per game, may be relieved to face the Hornets after

scoring 12 or fewer in three of the last four contests.

Paul Millsap, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.6 per

game, missed 7 of 9 field goals to finish with a season-low four

points Monday after getting 21 versus the Pacers.

The Hornets opened a five-game road trip with a 91-83 victory

over Memphis on Sunday, and nearly made it back-to-back wins only

to have their fourth-quarter rally from an 18-point deficit fall

short in Tuesday’s 111-106 defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers.

“We’re a young team that’s still building chemistry, and to come

back like that is a really good confidence boost for the guys,”

guard Eric Gordon said. “We had a chance to win. We were getting a

lot of stops and were scoring at will. It just boiled down to the

final plays.”

Gordon, averaging 17.4 points in 14 games since returning from

an injured knee, is looking to build on his season-high 25 points

from Tuesday, when he made 6 of 8 from 3-point range.

Gordon has 23.2 points per game over his past five meetings with

the Jazz. However, he’s faced them only once in a Hornets uniform,

scoring 25 while sinking 11 of 18 attempts from the floor in a

96-85 home win April 13, 2012.