Jazz Face Raptors With Trade Deadline Looming
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz will host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday after a rare three days off between games.
The Jazz last played on Saturday night, downing the Dallas Mavericks 108-100.
The Raptors come into Utah after falling to the Phoenix Suns on Monday night, with next weeks trade deadline at front of mind.
Jazz Look To Stay Competitive In West
Despite three days off the Jazz actually climbed in the Western Conference Standings since their last win, moving from 10th to ninth due to owning the tiebreaker with the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Jazz sit a half game behind the Minnesota Timberwolves for eighth in the West and are just one game behind the fifth-seeded Golden State Warriors.
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On the flip side, the Jazz can ill afford a long string of losses. Both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers sit one game back of the Jazz, while the Los Angeles Lakers are two games back in the 13th seed.
Toronto marks the second game in a five-game homestand which concludes next Wednesday against the Timberwolves.
Raptors Steeped In Trade Rumors
Like the Jazz the Raptors find themselves in an awkward space trying to compete to qualify for the playoffs, while also being heavily discussed in trade rumors.
Toronto is one game back of the 10th-seeded Indiana Pacers in the East and is very much in the hunt to make the postseason play-in tournament.
The NBA Trade Deadline is two weeks from today, and the @utahjazz have been involved in numerous rumors.
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However, it’s no secret that All-Stars Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam have been shopped around, as well as dynamic wing OG Anunoby.
Anunoby will not be in uniform against the Jazz as he misses his third consecutive game with a wrist injury.
The Raptors would face long odds of making a deep playoff run even if they were to qualify for the play-in tournament due to the top-heavy balance of teams in the Eastern Conference.
Both the Jazz and Raptors are expected to be active ahead of the February 9 trade deadline.
Utah Jazz vs. Toronto Raptors Broadcast
The Utah Jazz and Toronto Raptors will tip off at 7 pm MT in Salt Lake City. The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet and can be heard on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. It can also be streamed on DirecTV Stream and FuboTV.
Ben Anderson is the Utah Jazz insider for KSL Sports and the co-host of Jake and Ben from 10-12p with Jake Scott on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. Find Ben on Twitter at @BensHoops or on Instagram @BensHoops.
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