NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 20th (All times eastern)
Utah Jazz (26-55) at Golden State Warriors (33-48), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz will both try to head into the offseason on a winning note, as the teams meet at The Arena in Oakland tonight in the season finale for both clubs.
The Warriors have missed qualifying for the postseason for an 11th straight year, while Utah did not make the playoffs for the second straight year and just the second time since the 1982-1983 campaign.
This is the third meeting of the season between the clubs. The Jazz defeated Golden State, 102-80, on November 5th at The Arena, while the Warriors beat Utah, 108-91, on April 1st at the Delta Center.
Golden State is playing the finale of a three-game homestand. The Warriors come into tonight's game on a two-game winning streak. On Monday, Mickael Pietrus scored 25 points and Baron Davis had 24 with 13 assists, leading the Warriors to a 126-99 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers at The Arena.
Troy Murphy finished with 19 points and nine rebounds in the win over the Lakers for Golden State, which has won 13 of its last 17 games overall. Jason Richardson scored 17 points in the win for the Warriors.
Davis has scored in double-digits in 17 straight games and has registered eight double-doubles in that span. He is averaging 22.7 points and 9.8 assists in his last 10 contests.
The Warriors, who finished the campaign with a 14-27 record on the road, are 19-21 as the host. Golden State, which is 8-2 in its last 10 at home, was 27-14 at home last season.
Utah comes into tonight's game off a solid win over a playoff team. On Monday, Matt Harpring had 24 points and a season-high 13 rebounds to lead the Jazz over the Sacramento Kings, 92-82, at the Delta Center. Sacramento will be the sixth seed in Western Conference in this year's playoffs.
Mehmet Okur added 21 points and 12 boards in the win over Sacramento for the lottery-bound Jazz, who ended a two-game slide and won for only the second time in their last six outings.
Harpring has scored in double-digits in 17 straight contests and has played 30 or more minutes in 13 of those games. He is averaging 16.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in his last 10 outings.
The Jazz, who finished 18-23 at the Delta Center, are a brutal 8-32 as the visitor this season. They were 14-27 on the road in the 2003-04 campaign.
04/20 10:40:18 ET