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Wednesday, April 16th (All times eastern)

Utah Jazz (54-27) at San Antonio Spurs (55-26), 9:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Northwest Division-champion Utah Jazz are still battling for playoff positioning in the Western Conference, as they square off with the San Antonio Spurs tonight from the AT&T Center.

The Jazz, though, have dropped 17 straight at San Antonio. They haven't won there since February of the 1998-99 season.

Utah will be either the third or fourth seed in the playoffs, and can at least clinch home-court advantage in the first round with a victory tonight.

The Spurs can finish anywhere from the third to sixth seed. A victory tonight would clinch the No. 3 spot and give them home-court advantage in round one.

The Jazz have won two in a row, and will wrap up the regular season on the road tonight. They are 17-23 away from Salt Lake City this season.

In Monday's 105-96 victory over Houston at EnergySolutions Arena, Carlos Boozer recorded another double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Deron Williams battled a tail bone injury to record 17 points and nine assists for Utah, which ended the season with an NBA-best 37-4 record as the host in 2007-08.

Mehmet Okur finished with 12 points and 13 boards, as the Jazz won for the sixth time in seven games overall.

The Spurs have alternated wins and losses over its last seven games, and recorded a 101-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday at ARCO Arena. Tony Parker scored 32 points and dished out 11 assists, while Tim Duncan and Michael Finley poured in 19 points each for the Spurs, who completed the regular season with a 22-19 mark away from home.

San Antonio currently owns the longest playoff streak with 11 straight appearances.

Manu Ginobili, who leads the Spurs in scoring (19.6 ppg), did not play in Monday's contest. He has missed San Antonio's last two games with a strained left groin, and is questionable for Wednesday.

Utah leads the season series with the Spurs, 2-1, but San Antonio has won 25 of the last 31 meetings in the series.

04/16 10:33:59 ET


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