Jazz matchup to watch: Rudy Gobert vs. Andre Drummond
If momentum means anything in the NBA, the Utah Jazz are in a good place when they face the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night. Coming off of an emotional victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, Rudy Gobert and the Jazz will now turn their attention to Andre Drummond and the Pistons who lost 128-96 to the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night.
Down low, it’ll be a battle between two of the best rebounders in the NBA. Drummond currently sits at second in the league with 13.9 boards per game while Gobert is fifth-best with 12.7 boards per game.
While it may seem appealing on paper to play a team on the back end of a back-to-back, Drummond is still a force in such games. This season, in 12 games with zero days rest, he’s averaging 15.1 points, a slight bump up from his season average of 14.8, and snagging 14.0 rebounds, which is right at his season average. In other words, a lack of rest doesn’t seem to affect Drummond — he’s still ballin’.
Still, it seems that playing Gobert and the Jazz can be trouble for the “Big Penguin.” In eight career games against Utah, he averages a double-double with 10.9 points and rebounds per game. This, however, is one of his lowest totals against any team in the league.
Unfortunately for Drummond, he is only one player. His team sits at 33-34, one game below .500. With the Jazz coming to the Motor City on the wings of a major victory against a legitimate playoff team, it may be another long night for Drummond and the Pistons.
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Published at Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:00:00 +0000