When the 2019-20 NBA regular season was suspended on March 12th, the Utah Jazz were in second place in the Northwest Division and fourth place in the Western Conference. Utah through 64 games of the regular season was 41-23 and stood 1 ½ games behind the Denver Nuggets in the Northwest and 8 ½ games behind the first-place Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference. Leading up to the season being suspended, Utah was just 5-5 over its last 10 games played.
The leading scorer for the Utah Jazz is Donovan Mitchell with an average of 24.2 points per game. Rudy Gobert is the leading rebounder for the Jazz with an average of 10.3 per game and is the fourth leading scorer with an average of 15.1 points per game. Bojan Bogdanovic is the second-leading scorer with an average of 20.2 points per game, while Joe Ingles is the leader in assists with an average of 5.2 per game.
When the regular season was suspended, the Jazz were on pace to win three more games this season than they had won the previous season. Utah improved its roster during the offseason last year, but Mike Conley has not made the impact Utah was expecting and the team has had its best runs during the first 64 games of the season without the veteran point guard on the court. Utah had a stretch of 19 wins in 21 games during the middle of the regular season but has had problems with consistency as they have gone on extended winning and losing streets.
The biggest weakness or disadvantage the Jazz will face when the 2020 regular season restarts will be replacing Bogdanovic, who was lost for the season after having wrist surgery during the pandemic hiatus. However, Utah will have a much-improved Jordan Clarkson on the court who was acquired just prior to Christmas and just after joining the club, Utah won 10 straight games. Clarkson has been the third leading scorer for the Jazz since his arrival.
Utah may have lost their second leading scorer Bogdanovic but with Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and the acquisition of Jordan Clarkson, Utah will battle with Denver for the Northwest division title. The Jazz will come together as a unit to defeat the Nuggets and finish the regular season as the division champions and will be seeded third in the Western Conference.