I predict that we’ll out-offensive rebound them by seven tomorrow. —Trevor Booker
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz backup forward Trevor Booker is nothing if not confident. When asked about going up against the NBA’s best offensive rebounding team Monday night, Booker predicted the Jazz would get more offensive rebounds than the Detroit Pistons.
Not just one more.
“I predict that we’ll out-offensive rebound them by seven tomorrow,” Booker said Sunday afternoon after Jazz practice.
The Jazz, coming off a win over Brooklyn Friday night, which improved their record to 19-24, will face the 23-21 Pistons, the same team they opened the season against three months ago, Monday night at Vivint Arena.
Led by center Andre Drummond, the Pistons lead the NBA in offensive rebounds per game with 13.7 per game. Drummond leads the NBA in rebounding at 15.4 per game and is also first in offensive boards at 5.4 per game
The Jazz are tied for 23rd in overall rebounding, but aren’t that far back in offensive rebounding, ranking No. 7 in the league with 11.1 offensive rebounds per game. Booker ranks 51st in the league in rebounding, but 17th in offensive boards with 2.7 per game.
As for himself Monday night, Booker said, “I got a feeling I’m going to get eight myself.”
Never mind that Booker has only done that four times in his six-year NBA career, most recently in December against Minnesota when he got 10 offensive boards. But at least he has a big goal.
When Booker pulled down 10 offensive boards against the T-Wolves, he had 15 for the game, but that was when Rudy Gobert was out of the lineup. Since Gobert rejoined the team, Booker has reached double figures twice.
Utah coach Quin Snyder knows rebounding will be a key Monday night.
“That’s been a problem for us, particularly with Derrick (Favors) out,” he said. “It’s got to be a gang rebound. We’re really depending on our guards to rebound. Drummond’s just a force, he’s so big and athletic and has great timing Sometimes you’re down there in great position and working your tail off and he gets it. It’s a challenge.”
The Pistons are playing the last game of a four-game road trip in which they’ve gone 1-2 so far, including a 104-101 loss in Denver Saturday night. The Pistons are tied with three other teams for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Jazz will be starting a six-game homestand, their longest of the season, that stretches for nearly two weeks. After Monday’s game, the Jazz will play Charlotte Wednesday and Minnesota on Friday. Then next week, it’s Chicago Monday, Denver Wednesday and Milwaukee Friday.