During the regular season we tend to focus on the matchups between elite teams, hoping to perhaps learn something about how Player X performs on the big stage, or how the Spurs deal with the Lakers’ size advantage. But those games aren’t really “big” in the macro sense. Elite teams are going to make the playoffs, generally advance pretty far and eventually have to beat another elite team four times in seven tries.
But tonight’s Suns-Jazz game, in Utah? That’s a big a regular-season game, one that will likely decide the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Let’s review the stakes and preview this bad boy.