Nets-Jazz Preview

The slumping Brooklyn Nets are hoping to quickly move on from their most lopsided defeat of the season.

The lowly Utah Jazz are looking to build on an encouraging performance.

Brooklyn goes for a third consecutive win over the Jazz in the season’s first meeting Saturday night in Utah.

The Nets (18-25) are one of the NBA’s lowest scoring teams at 95.5 points per game, and they’ve averaged 91.3 in dropping nine of 11. Brooklyn opened a three-game trek with Wednesday’s 103-100 win over Sacramento before getting blown out 123-84 by the Clippers on Thursday.

Mason Plumlee finished with 16 points as the other four Nets starters scored a combined 20. Brook Lopez finished with four points after averaging 21.0 over the previous three games.

"It was unfortunate for us, very embarrassing, considering it was a nationally televised game," said little-used center Jerome Jordan, who saw significant playing time with the outcome in little doubt. "The only thing that counts is that it was only one game, and now we’ve got to move forward."

The Nets were outscored 70-37 in the first half and limited to 37.5 percent shooting, their worst mark in 14 games. They went 4 of 21 from 3-point range and 14 of 25 from the foul line.

Brooklyn will have to move forward without Mirza Teletovic, who will miss the rest of the season after multiple blood clots were discovered in his lungs. The 29-year-old Bosnian is averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds.

"I’m shocked," Plumlee told the Nets’ official website. "Mirza is a really well-liked guy and a big part of what we do. My thoughts are with him and his family."

The Nets had dropped four straight and eight of nine against the Jazz before sweeping last season’s two-game series. Joe Johnson led the way with 27 points in a 105-99 victory Feb. 19 as Brooklyn snapped a four-game skid in Utah.

The Jazz (15-28) return home after closing a 1-2 road trip with Thursday’s 101-99 win at Milwaukee. Gordon Hayward scored 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter while Enes Kanter finished with 23 and 16 rebounds. Rudy Gobert added 14 and 10 while starting in place of Derrick Favors, who is uncertain to be available again due to personal reasons.

Rookie Dante Exum also came up big with a season-high 15 points while shooting 5 of 10 from beyond the arc as the Jazz had 25 assists and matched a season high with 14 made 3s.

"We played with a pass more tonight than we have recently," coach Quin Snyder told the team’s official website. "And it’s not an accident in my mind that we made more (3-pointers), because those passes and the ball movement take some pressure off our shooters. If there’s one thing I’m most pleased with tonight, that’s it."

The Jazz haven’t posted back-to-back wins since Dec. 22 and 27. They’ve dropped six of their last seven home matchups against Eastern Conference foes.

Johnson is averaging 23.4 points on 54.3 percent shooting in 10 games against Utah since 2008-09, his highest mark against any team during that span.

Former Jazz star Deron Williams remains out with a rib injury.