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Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns Game Preview

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The Utah Jazz get out on the road for one game against the Phoenix Suns before turning back home for their last home stand of the regular season. The Jazz have won 9 of the last 12 games and the Suns have dropped five straight. We already went over how they have been hemorrhaging points of late, but new head coach Earl Watson still has to get this team ready to play for every game. And for the most part, he has (with what he's had to work with). A major problem for Phoenix this season has been injuries, another thing they share with Utah. But while Utah has prevailed and fought through them, Phoenix is now in tank mode and are maximizing their lottery chances.

So tonight we will continue playing a Suns team that doesn't have Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, or T.J. Warren. Jon Leuer is also questionable for tonight. The Jazz are in a similar boat being down starting point guard Dante Exum and key bench player Alec Burks. Also our starting power forward, Derrick Favors, is also questionable. I think he sits this one out, between you and me.

The battle tonight will be won or lost on the wings. Rodney Hood going up against Devin Booker is going to be good. Gordon Hayward against P.J. Tucker even better. They also have young Archie Goodwin going up against the savvy Joe Ingles. I really think this is where the game will be won. I can't honestly respect the Suns inside force at this stage. Heck, they are starting Alex Len and Tyson Chandler TOGETHER and still can't take over the paint. (So, this is me jinxing the team for a Mirza Teletovic explosion tonight.) For what it is worth, the Jazz just recalled Tibor Pleiss -- as Idaho's season is now over.

If you look at the player stats you see they are missing more important players than the Jazz.

2015 2016 GM 77 UTA at PHX - Player Stats

The obviously undercard tonight will be Ronnie Price against Shelvin Mack. The under-undercard will be Trey Lyles / Devin Booker thingie. That's about as exciting as this game should be, if Utah takes care of the boards, the pace, and defends the three point line.