The Utah Jazz are on the verge of getting the #1 and have only 4 games left to lock that in. Tonight they take on the Golden State Warriors playing for their best shot in the play-in tournament. It makes for an entertaining game, which isn’t always that common this close to the end of the season.
The NBA might have figured out something with this play-in tournament.
There are a lot of scenarios out there but it’s getting pretty clear that the Jazz are likely going to avoid the Los Angeles Lakers if they hold on to the #1 seed because it’s looking more and more likely the Lakers will stay in the 7 spot. Although if the Lakers end up playing this Golden State Warriors team there’s a chance they could lose that game and then win the second of the play-in tournament and meet the Jazz in the first round as the 8-seed.
I don’t want to talk about that any more because it’s confusing.
What is important for both the Jazz and Warriors is that they keep winning. Whatever the outcome for the Lakers, it benefits the Jazz to have that 1-seed because it clinches homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.
The most difficult part of this matchup is the play of Steph Curry. Curry has been absolutely torching teams all season but even more so recently. In his last game he put up some unreal numbers.
Can the Jazz slow him down or is it just a matter of stopping everyone else?
When: May 10th, 2021 - 8PM MDT
Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
TV: ATT SportsNet
Radio: 97.5 FM/1280 AM The Zone
What to watch for
Can Bojan Bogdanovic continue his run for the MVP?
It’s been a fantastic couple months for Bojan Bogdanovic. He just won the NBA Player of the Week for week 20 but he’s been playing incredible basketball for months now. In the Last 26 games Bogdanovic is shooting 48% from the field, 42% from three. He’s taking 4.3 free throws per game in that span and hitting 88% on them.
This is the player Jazz fans were pining for in the playoffs last season and for much of this season. Apparently Bogdanovic has saved the best for last. The Jazz only have 4 games left until the playoffs and now is the perfect time for Bogdanovic to find his groove. The Jazz just need Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley to come back from injury so they can find their groove with the team.
It isn’t clear when that will happen but it would be nice for the Jazz to have at least 1 game under their belt with their full squad before the playoffs begin.
Regardless, Bogdanovic, along with the All-NBA play of Rudy Gobert, has been the major thing that has kept the Jazz in the #1 seed.