• October 19, 2021

How to watch the Suns-Jazz game: What to watch and what to avoid

The suns are the defending NBA champions.

They are the only team in the league that hasn’t lost in the last eight years. 

The Jazz are playing their second game in three days against the Suns, and are looking to win for the second straight year.

They have lost four of the past five games, including two by a combined 15 points.

The Suns, meanwhile, have won four straight, beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday and the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. 

But the NBA has some very different expectations for the Suns this year, and while the Suns could be a real threat to make the playoffs, there are a few things to keep in mind. 

It’s not as if the Jazz are rebuilding their team with an easy schedule, either.

Utah is currently ranked 23rd in defensive efficiency, which ranks 26th in defensive rating and 31st in defensive field goal percentage. 

If Utah had been able to avoid being ranked in the top 30 in defensive ratings and defensive field goals made, the Jazz would have ranked 29th. 

They would have been a very difficult team to get past. 

As it is, they are a team that is going to have to go through a lot of adjustments this season. 

Here are a couple things to know about the Suns and Jazz: 1.

They’re not going to play like the best team in basketball. 

Utah will be playing the Suns on Friday night at 1 p.m.

ET, and will be without starting center Omri Casspi, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury. 

“I’m excited for this team,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said.

“They’re a very talented team, they’re a talented team with the youth that we have, and they’re going to be a very challenging team to play.” 

But that’s not going for the Jazz.

The Jazz are still a young team, and have a lot to prove. 


The NBA is not a league that can take care of itself. 

While the Jazz have a good record this season, they’ve lost nine of their past 10 games, and the Suns are averaging 104.7 points per game.

The teams average is 106.3. 

This is the first game in the series since the Suns lost to the Lakers last season, and it’s also the first time the Suns have lost two games in a row since Nov. 22. 


There’s a lot riding on the game on Friday. 

For the Jazz, this is their first game since the All-Star break.

Utah hasn’t won a game in seven games. 


I’m sure they will play well. 

Snyder said he likes the way Utah has played over the last few weeks, and that they’re still “playing like the team we’ve been.” 

Skeptics might be quick to point out that the Jazz aren’t playing as well as they did a few months ago. 

During that stretch, Utah was ranked 20th in the NBA in defensive rebounding and 21st in points allowed per possession. 

In March, they were 20th and had the NBA’s best defensive rating at 106.4. 

On Wednesday, Utah led the NBA with a 99.2 defensive rating, while Utah ranked 23th in points per possession and 21nd in points scored. 

A big reason for that was the Suns’ offense, which averaged only 39.4 points per 100 possessions. 

Last season, Utah finished 23rd, averaging 106.2 points per contest. 


Not everybody will be excited to see the Suns. 

After the All of Utah series, the NBA gave teams an extra month to make sure they were ready to play the Suns in the first round.

The extra month was supposed to be used to schedule some games that the league hadn’t scheduled yet. 

So, if you’re looking for a game to watch, be sure to check back on Friday to see if it will be televised. 


There’s a little bit of a rivalry between the two teams. 

Although the Suns aren’t going to the playoffs this year after missing the playoffs last year, the two franchises share a lot in common. 

Both teams have been in the playoffs every year since 2011, and both have had two teams make the finals since that time. 

One of the most famous rivalry moments between the Suns teams occurred when the Jazz were in the Western Conference Finals in 2012. 

Their win over the Lakers was a game that would have given the Suns their first title in franchise history. 

Another rivalry between Utah and the Jazz occurred in 2016 when the Suns swept the Jazz in the second round. 


And there are still some big-time games coming up. 

With the Suns having two games on the road this week, the second-round matchup against the Pacers on Friday at 7 p.me is a big game for the Pacers