When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m. MDT
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: AT&T Sports Net - Rocky Mountain
Radio: 1280 AM/97.5 FM The Zone
Thabo Sefolosha- OUT (Knee)
Damian Jones - Probable (Foot)
Stephen Curry - OUT (Knee)
Andre Iguodala- OUT (Knee)
Patrick McCaw - OUT (Spine contusion)
With the Utah Jazz clinching a spot for the 2017-18 playoffs on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers, this game may have lost a little bit of meaning. Yes the Jazz are still fighting for seeding and yes it would be nice for them to win out and nab the #3 seed, but many were expecting this to be a game that the team had to win just to get into the playoffs.
If you’re a Jazz fan it’s not a bad thing that they have already clinched, it may just feel a little bit anti-climatic. With that in mind, it’s always exciting when the world champs come to town. And playoff seeding is still important, especially for fans when it comes to bragging rights. So this game will still be a battle, and should provide plenty of excitement and intrigue.
The Warriors are more healthy than the last time the Jazz faced them in Oakland a little over two weeks ago. Stephen Curry is still out but the other three Warriors all-stars (Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant) are expected to play tonight which makes this game a tall order for the Jazz, home game or not. Although the Warriors have not been playing up to their normal winning standard lately, going 5-5 in their last 10 games, you better believe they will be looking to send a message and get in rhythm before the playoffs start.
The Jazz, despite a few hiccups in their last 10 games, have generally been playing great on both sides of the ball for the last two months. This team will also be looking to send a message that they are ready to make some noise in the playoffs. With a win tonight the Jazz would be increasing their odds to secure home court advantage in the 1st round, a luxury they haven’t had the privilege of since 2001. That would be a pretty amazing accomplishment for a lot of different reasons but one of the biggest being how deep this western conference is and how many good to great teams there really are. For the Jazz to be able to say that they finished the season as a top 3 or 4 team in the west would be a huge “feather in the cap” if you will.
Although the drama of trying to make the playoffs isn’t there anymore, it will be a fun game as the regular season home finale. The excitement of having a good team and being able to compete for something in April should make for a fun playoff appetizer at Vivint Smart Home Arena tonight......may the best team win!