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Two teams that have lost their All-Star point guards in the past 11 months meet Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
The game will be televised on ROOT Sports starting at 7 p.m.
The Jazz, who traded Deron Williams to New Jersey last February, play New Orleans. The Hornets sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers before the start of this season.
Heading into the game, the Jazz are 1-3. The lone victory came in their only home game last Friday, when Utah defeated Philadelphia, 102-99.
The Hornets bring a 2-2 record into the game, including a 96-80 loss to Jimmer Fredette and the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
Utah will play its fifth game in seven nights, after being the last NBA team to open the lockout-shortened season.
"You've got to be ready and play the game," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin.
The Hornets "are a good team," he continued. "... We've got to take the ballgame [from them]. That's what we talk about continue to build what we're trying to get done, especially on the defensive end of the floor."
In the Paul trade, the Hornets acquired Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and a first-round draft pick from the Clippers.
Gordon is not expected to play because of a bruised knee and Aminu averages only 1.5 points in 12 minutes a game.
Kaman always seems to play well against Utah, however. Along with veteran center Emeka Okafor, he gives the Hornets an imposing presence around the basket.
"They've shown signs of being what they were last year," Corbin said. "They push the ball up the floor really well. With Okafor and Kaman now, they do a great job of rebounding the ball, especially in the offensive end of the floor. And they are a capable shooting team. ... You have to make sure you get out to the shooters."
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