Jazz Face Bulls In Battle Of Fourth Seeds
Mar 16, 2022, 1:47 PM | Updated: 1:48 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz will host the Chicago Bulls in a battle of the fourth seeds in the Eastern and Western Conferences.
The Jazz are currently tied in the standings with the Dallas Mavericks for the fourth seed but own the season tiebreaker so far, two games to one.
The Bulls meanwhile sit just a half-game up on the surging Boston Celtics as the teams fight to earn home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Jazz Missing Three Rotation Players
The Jazz appeared as though they were finally getting healthy after the All-Star break, but the injuries are once again adding up with little more than three weeks left in the regular season.
Bojan Bogdanovic will miss his second straight game with a calf strain, just one game after missing Friday’s loss in San Antonio with a leg contusion.
OUT – Udoka Azubuike (right ankle sprain)
OUT – Bojan Bogdanovic (left calf strain)
OUT – Danuel House Jr. (left knee bone bruise)
QUESTIONABLE – Trent Forrest (right wrist sprain)
— Ben Anderson (@BensHoops) March 15, 2022
Danuel House Jr. will miss the game due to a bone bruise in his knee, while Trent Forrest is out with a wrist sprain.
After facing the Bulls, the Jazz will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday before embarking on a six-game road trip beginning in New York and finishing at Golden State.
Bulls Trying To Fend Of Celtics
The Bulls have been one of the league’s most surprising teams, owning the best record in the East for much of the first half of the season.
However, like the Jazz, the team has been decimated by injuries, specifically to their backcourt, and now find themselves battling to hold onto their spot in the top of the Eastern Conference.
Let’s bounce back in Utah tonight.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 16, 2022
Lonzo Ball underwent knee surgery in late January and has not yet returned to the team, while Patrick Williams suffered a dislocated wrist in October and is hopeful to return to the lineup before the end of the season.
The Bulls are just 2-6 in their last eight games including Monday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings.
The Jazz and Bulls will tip-off at 7 pm MT and can be heard on The Zone Sports Network. The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet and FuboTV.
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