The Utah Jazz continue a late-season home stand with a matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. Oh and their next matchup, just fyi, also the Spurs at home. I hate when the NBA schedules like that. Anyways, this will be game 2 of 5 straight at home. And with how tight the race is atop the Western Conference, let’s hope the good guys can take advantage of a home game with rested legs.
The Spurs, meanwhile, are fighting for that last play-in spot. They have what would seem to be a comfortable 2.5 game lead over the New Orleans Pelicans right now. But their remaining schedule is brutal. After back to back games against the Jazz, they still have the Trail Blazers, Bucks, Nets, Knicks, and then twice against the Suns remaining on their schedule. They will need to give it their all every night if they want to hang on to that last “playoff” spot.
When: 8PM MDT
Where: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
TV: ATT SportsNet
Radio: 97.5 FM/1280 AM The Zone
What to watch for
Bojan Bogdanovic’s Return!
As I covered in a recent downbeat, Bojan Bogdanovic is BACK! And it is an absolute joy to watch again. He finally has that swagger and confidence that was missing all season. Over his last 11 games he’s scoring over 22.5 points per game and shooting 41% from 3. With Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley out again tonight, Bojan may have to score 30+ again for the Jazz to keep their winning ways going.
Important Games in the West
- Phoenix Suns (46-18) - off
- Utah Jazz (46-18) - vs 31-32 San Antonio Spurs
- Denver Nuggets (43-21) - vs Los Angeles Lakers (36-28)
- LA Clippers (43-22) - off
- Dallas Mavericks (36-28) - off
- Portland Trail Blazers (36-28) - @ Atlanta Hawks (35-30)
- Los Angeles Lakers (36-28) - @ Denver Nuggets (43-21)
- Memphis Grizzlies (32-31) - vs New York Knicks (36-28)
The Lakers could slide solidly into 7th with a loss and a Blazers win. Putting them in jeopardy of finding themselves in the play in tournament. Something that LeBron James thought was a great idea last year, but has suddenly had a change of heart after a loss yesterday.