Apr 12, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) shoots while defended by Minnesota Timberwolves center Greg Stiemsma (34) and point guard Alexey Shved (1) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz Praying For Lakers Loss Tonight

No Kobe, no Nash playing a Spurs team that has to get really lucky to get home court advantage.  The Spurs would have to have wins versus the Lakers, Warriors and Minnesota while the Thunder have to lose to either the Kings or Bucks at home.  I see Popovich resting Duncan and Parker for the majority of the game so hopefully the bench comes to play.  From the sound of Pau and Dwight they are really going to be playing hard tonight to prove that they are a good team without Kobe.

If Lakers lose tonight the Jazz will own their own destiny with games at Minnesota and at Memphis.  The Jazz play Memphis on ESPN followed by the Lakers Rockets also on ESPN.  It’s amazing that these games were picked at the first of the season.  All 4 teams have the potential to be playing for something on that night.

Unfortunately for the Jazz their last two games are on the road where they have gone an abysmal 12-27.  It’s good for the players to prove to themselves and the fans that they can actually play on the road in must win games like they did last Sunday against the Warriors.

Al Jefferson will be key as he played the best game of his career the other night against Minnesota with 40 points, 13 rebounds an impressive 6 assists.  He will need help from Mo, Foye and Hayward from the three point line as the Jazz have lived and died from beyond the ark since April started.  They have shot 47%from 3’s in wins and 29% in the two losses.

No matter what happens the next 72 hours will be must watch basketball before the much anticipated Western Conference playoffs.

 

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