Statistically speaking, this is how to beat the Jazz. More after the hop, hop, hippity, hop
KEY: Play stifling defense at the rim
Advantage: Utah. They are 3rd in the league in at the rim attempts. Deron Williams drives and finishes or dishes off for an easy basket. In each of the last three Jazz losses, they averaged 55% shooting at the rim. In their last three wins they averaged 60% at the rim.
Silver Lining: Spurs are top five in the league at preventing easy, at the rim shots.
Key Player(s): Tim Duncan + rest of backcourt – it’s going to take some defensive skill to keep Jefferson and Millsap out of the paint for easy buckets – esp. when being fed by Williams on a drive
KEY: Get to the line more often than them.
Advantage: Utah. They average about three more freebies than the Spurs per game. In their last four losses, the Jazz had a disparity of -4 freethrows in comparison to their opponents. In their last four wins they averaged a +5 freethrows.
Silver Lining: San Antonio has the best opponent freethrow rate in the league at less than 25% per FGA.
Key Opponent(s): Andrei Kirilenko, Deron Williams – both average a free throw attempt for every two shots they take
KEY: Guard the 3 Ball, Make the 3 ball
Advantage: San Antonio
Though the Spurs’ opponents shoot a higher % of the 3 ball against the Spurs than other teams, they also take considerably less shots from 3 point range.
Silver Lining: The only loss this season happened when the Spurs shot a dismal 35% from 3 point land. Not counting that loss, the Spurs shoot an average of 71% from beyond the arc!
Key Opponent(s): Deron Williams is their only player that takes the three on a consistent basis. He takes about 4 a game – he can create and take the shot of a screen