If you had told a Jazz fan before this season that the Jazz would be heading to San Francisco with a chance to complete a season sweep, they would have been jumping for joy. But then you would tell them about Steph and Klay and the numerous injuries and bad luck that’s occurred for the Warriors, and they would come back to earth. Regardless of who’s playing for the Warriors, a season seep is always a great thing. With the Western Conference playoff situation tight as can be (Jazz currently tied for 3rd seed, .5 game back from second, 4 out of first, but just 3.5 ahead from 6th), wins are wins and they count they same no matter which team you are playing.
The Jazz are coming of a dominating win against the Pacers, who although were on a second game of a back-to-back, are one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and had dominated the Jazz in their three prior meetings. Mike Conley is looking great, and the Jazz seem to be hitting their stride at just the right time. This will be their last “easy” game before they start what is arguably their toughest stretch of the season the next few weeks.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 • 8:00 PM MT
Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain,
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone,
What to watch for
Former Jazz man Alec Burks has been one of the few bright spots for the Warriors this season. He’s averaging a career-high 16 points per game, and scored 20+ points in the last two games against the Jazz. AB looks loose and relaxed, and although they aren’t winning games, he’s playing well and having fun, which is always good to see from a former Jazz guy. Look for AB to come at the Jazz again tonight, seeking for his first taste of revenge since getting traded last season.
Rudy and Donovan’s All-Star Resumes
The All-Star reserves will be announced a week from tomorrow. That leaves just a few more games that Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert can add to their arguments to become first-time All-Stars. Both of them deserve it, and should have already shown enough to get in. But as Jazz fans know, you can never count your All-Stars before they hatch.
Mike Conley’s Minutes
Quin Snyder mentioned before Mike Conley’s return that he would be coming off the bench with a minute restriction. Both of these games since Conley has returned have been blowouts, so we really haven’t had a chance to see if Conley would play in crunch time or not. Keep an eye on Conley and how he’s playing, as well as where he’s playing in the rotation. If he can get back into the swing of things and play like the Conley of old, the Jazz are going to be really tough to beat.
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