The Jazz are 9th, the Suns are 10th.
This can be reinforced or changed tonight, as the Suns come to Salt Lake City having swept the season series against the Sacramento Kings last night in the capital of California. The fact that the Suns are on the wrong end of a back-to-back, and traveling won’t help them, but fortunately, the key starters managed to get some rest in the rather awkward win against the Kings.
Having won the last game against the Jazz, it would seem that the Suns have an advantage over them. This however, might not be the case, given the comeback of Frye’s cold shooting, the absence of Grant Hill and Jared Dudley’s offensive struggles. While these issues weren’t exposed against the lowly Kings and Hornets, a playoff contender of the Jazz’s ilk will surely look to capitalize on them.
However, these advantages might not be all that important when compared to the key one — The Jazz’s reserves. The reserves carved the Suns bench up in the last meeting, and will surely do so again, and no surprise there, either. Boasting a formidable front court of sophomore Derrick Favors and rookie Enes Kanter to go along with veteran point guard Jamaal Tinsley, and rookie shooting guard Alec Burks is nothing to scoff at, especially given the Suns struggle to create offence.
The key here will be a fast start, something Steve Nash who has proved people who started up rumours about his ailing back going bad wrong in Sacramento, is certainly capable of providing. Is there enough steam on a back-to-back in the Suns though?
One must hope. One must hope.