Jazz fans have just experienced a week in which the Jazz have beaten the NBA's 2nd best team, the Oklahoma City Thunder by a substantial margin, and then watched them get blown out to the West's 2nd worst team, the Sacramento Kings. How does this happen? Well, clearly the Jazz' play is variable on any given night, but what do the Jazz do better in wins than they do in losses? With this knowledge, perhaps the always elusive "winning formula" for the Utah Jazz can finally be found.
In wins, the Jazz shoot just .5 shots more than in losses, but with a full 3.5% better percentage. This is despite a win against Oklahoma City that was primarily driven by having 19 more field goal attempts than their opposition. By the way, this is not influenced by pace: the Jazz actually play slower (93.49 possessions per game) in wins than in losses (94.30). For the most part, Jazz wins come down to who shoots better, not more.
Offensive rebounds happen at about the same rate in both categories, though the Jazz do make 1.2 turnovers less per game and get .7 more steals per game in their wins. These additional trips given by turnovers and steals aren't represented by field goal attempts, but rather free throws: the Jazz shoot 4 more free throws per game (perhaps due to the home crowd's influence). Relatedly, note the number of fouls the Jazz draw in their wins: they draw 3 more fouls per game in wins than in losses, whereas the number of fouls committed stays the same.
What do the Jazz do Differently in Wins?
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