Phoenix Suns at Utah Jazz — 10:30 PM eastern, telecast on ESPN
Well, it’s my final Game of the Day preview for the 2009 – 2010 season. But the action is far from concluded with over two months of postseason war to wage.
And with one day to play in the regular season, things still aren’t completely settled. In fact, these two teams are tied at 53-28.
The Suns come in to Utah for their second game in as many days after a 123-101 whipping of the Denver Nuggets Tuesday, and that win assured Phoenix home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
The Jazz, too, arrive off a win Tuesday. Theirs came over the Golden State Warriors 103-94. They, too, will have first-round home-court advantage regardless of the result of their tilt with the Suns Wednesday.
In terms of seeding, this game is pretty interesting, though. Whoever loses moves into a fourth-place tie with the Nuggets. If Dallas wins, the winner will get third seed no matter what. If Dallas loses and Utah wins, Utah will claim the second seed in the conference, as it holds the tiebreaker over Dallas. If Dallas loses and Phoenix wins, Dallas will keep the second seed, and Phoenix will get the three seed.
If Utah loses, it will get the fifth seed, as Denver holds the tiebreaker (having won three of its four games against Utah). If Phoenix loses, it will get the fourth seed, as Phoenix holds the tiebreaker over Denver with a 3-1 series advantage on the season.
Either way, the team that loses this game will play Denver in the first round of the postseason. The opponent of the winner of this game depends on Portland and San Antonio’s (both 50-31) final contests. If only one of those teams wins Wednesday, that team will get the sixth seed. If both teams win or lose, Portland will get the sixth seed and San Antonio the seventh seed, as the Blazers hold the series advantage and tiebreaker.
Confusing enough for you?
Anyway, this game should be exciting, as it features the Nash-Amare vs. Williams-Boozer clash everyone loves. I give the nod to Phoenix, however, as it’s scorching hot recently and has a better supporting cast. Stay tuned for the defined playoff matchups tomorrow.