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Saturday, March 26, 2011
Jazz come in tonight very shorthanded

By Jeff Caplan

SALT LAKE CITY -- Well, the Dallas Mavericks should be able to start off this six-game road trip with a pretty easy go of things in Utah.

OK, nothing for the Mavs seems to come easily, but not only will they be facing a Utah Jazz team in total disarray, but point guard Devin Harris (right hamstring strain) and forward Andrei Kirilenko (bruised left knee) will not play tonight, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. They join center Mehmet Okur, who is out for the season, in street clothes.

The Jazz will start Earl Watson, Raja Bell, C.J. Miles, Paul Millsap, and Al Jefferson.

So a team with no Jerry Sloan on the bench and no Deron Williams providing the point-guard punch, shouldn't provide much resistance even on their once-formidable home court. The Jazz (36-37) are incredibly just 20-16 at home this season.