NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, March 30th (All times eastern)
Utah Jazz (47-24) at San Antonio Spurs (51-20), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two playoff-bound teams square off tonight when the Northwest Division-champion Utah Jazz begin a four-game road trip against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
The Jazz will attempt to halt a 15-game series road losing streak to the Spurs tonight.
Utah has taken two of its three matchups with San Antonio so far this season with both wins coming at home. The Jazz were pounded by the Spurs, 106-83, in their only meeting at the AT&T Center this year.
However, Utah's success against San Antonio has only been recent. The Spurs have won 23 of their last 27 meetings with the Jazz, who haven't posted a victory in San Antonio since February, 1999.
Utah's 108-102 win over Minnesota on Wednesday -- coupled with a Denver loss against Seattle -- gave the Jazz their first division crown in seven years. Carlos Boozer paced Utah with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Deron Williams had 22 points and 14 assists while Mehmet Okur notched 23 points and 12 boards for the Jazz, who have lost five in a row as the visitor and bring an 18-17 road mark into tonight's game. Utah also visits Houston, Portland and Sacramento on its trip.
Andrei Kirilenko filled out the stat sheet as usual with 13 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and three steals.
The Spurs currently sit third overall in the West and still mathematically have a chance to catch Dallas for the lead in the Southwest standings. However, San Antonio is nine games back with just 11 to play.
San Antonio won its fifth straight and 18th in 20 games on Wednesday with a 92-88 victory over New Orleans/Oklahoma City. Tim Duncan scored 31 points.
Brent Barry added 15 points, including four three-pointers in the fourth quarter for San Antonio, while Michael Finley donated 13 points and Manu Ginobili 12.
The Spurs have won 10 of their last 11 home games and is 25-9 as the host this season.
03/30 10:52:07 ET