Currently the Phoenix Suns have won 6-straight games and the Utah Jazz have won 9 of 10. Both the Suns and Jazz are also top ten in the league in offensive (Utah is 3rd, Phoenix is 7th) and defensive (Utah is 3rd, Phoenix is 5th) efficiency.
Utah is holding strong to their 1st place record in the NBA but need to make a good showing in this one. Against the Dallas Mavericks Utah shot abysmally from three. Notably Donovan Mitchell and Royce O’Neale went a combined 0/16 from three. The Jazz need to figure out how to improve on that number if they want to do well against a Suns team who hold opponents to just 34% from three, one of the best marks in the league.
When: Wednesday April 7th, 2021 8:00 P.M. MT
Where: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, AZ
TV: ESPN, AT&T SportsNet
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone
What to watch for
Can the Jazz offense flow against a high level Phoenix Suns defense?
Like I mentioned before, the Utah Jazz struggled to shoot the ball against the Mavericks who are the #14 defense in the league. How will they do against the 5th best defenses in the league who is one of the best at keeping opponents shooting down?
The Jazz have had a historically good season, and they’ve accomplished a lot, but they have to assert their dominance in games like this one against a quality opponent. If they come out lackadaisical or not crisp in their offense they’ll find themselves in a hole very quickly.
The other thing is this is a nationally televised game. A lot of eyes will be on what is definitely the biggest game of the week, and month really.
With the playoffs around the corner, now is the time for the Jazz to show who they are. This is a game where they can build confidence as they work their way towards the final games of the season. It’s also important in terms of getting the 1 seed. Utah has the best home record in the league. That matters if you are playing for home-court advantage through out the playoffs. This is as big a game as you can come up with and the Jazz need to step up in a big way.