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Utah Jazz matchup watch: Suns' Devin Booker vs. Utah's Rodney Hood

Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) drives past Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) drives past Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Matt York, AP

Suns (6-14) at Jazz (13-9)

Tonight, 7 p.m.

Vivint Arena

TV: ROOT Sports


After a 107-101 road win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, the Utah Jazz are back at home to face off against the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns are 6-14 on the season following a 138-109 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

While the Suns have struggled to find wins, they do have a handful of talented young players who are looking to make a name for themselves in the NBA.

One such player is second-year shooting guard Devin Booker who has proven to be a reliable scorer since joining the team. He is off to a solid start on the season, averaging 19.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 19 games.

He will be matched up with Utah's talented two-guard, Rodney Hood. Hood is also off to a good start, averaging 16.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

The two have already met four times since coming into the league, with Hood holding the 4-0 advantage in the win column. In the four Jazz wins, Hood won the scoring battle, according to Basketball-reference.com.

If Hood and the Jazz are to win the fifth straight matchup, it will be key to force Booker to create his own shots from the outside. While Booker does some nice things off the dribble, 80.6 percent of his 31 made 3-point shots are off a pass.

It is also important to make Booker a volume shooter. He averages 13.3 field goal attempts in Suns' wins, compared to 18.7 attempts in the team's losses.

If Hood can force Booker to do both of those things, the Jazz will have an excellent shot to extend their winning streak to three games.