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Wednesday, April 13th (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (58-20) at Utah Jazz (24-53), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs continue to try and stay in the race for the top spot in Western Conference, as they visit the Utah Jazz tonight at the Delta Center.

The Spurs are just one game behind the Phoenix Suns for the top seed in the conference. Both teams have four games left on their regular-season schedules. The Suns are off until Friday when they host the Los Angeles Clippers.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the clubs. The Spurs defeated Utah on November 27th and March 6th at the SBC Center, while the Jazz beat San Antonio, 97-96, on January 10th at the Delta Center.

The Spurs have won nine of 12 and 11 of their last 18 at Utah.

San Antonio goes for its fourth win in a row tonight. On Tuesday Manu Ginobili scored a game-high 30 points as the San Antonio Spurs clinched the Southwest Division title with a 95-89 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at the SBC Center. Ginobili went 10-of-16 from the field and added seven rebounds for San Antonio.

In his second start for the Spurs, Nazr Mohammed netted 10 points and pulled down 14 boards in Tuesday's victory, while Bruce Bowen, Beno Udrih and Glenn Robinson contributed 11 points apiece in the win.

The Spurs are a respectable 21-17 on the road this season. They have won two in a row as the visitor. San Antonio will visit Memphis and Minnesota in its final two road games of the season on April 18th and April 20th.

Utah starts a brief two-game homestand tonight. The Jazz will host the Timberwolves on Friday in the finale of the stand.

On Tuesday. Elton Brand racked up 25 points and 10 rebounds and Marko Jaric added 20 points and seven assists as the Clippers cruised to a 94-85 victory over Utah at the Staples Center. Matt Harpring netted 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting for the Jazz, who have dropped two in a row and six of their last eight overall. Mehmet Okur compiled 16 points and a game-high 14 boards in defeat.

The Jazz are just 16-22 as the host this season. They will welcome the Sacramento Kings on April 18th to the Delta Center for their final home game of the 2004-05 campaign.

Utah is 4-13 in Wednesday games this season.

04/13 10:27:05 ET


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