Since the last Dubyaworld posting about the Utah Jazz exactly one week ago, the Jazz still have not lost. In fact, they have won four games in a row since that post to build their impressive, NBA-leading winning streak to eight games.
At 30-18, the Jazz are the leaders of the Northwest Division, which currently puts them as the fourth seed in the Western Conference. However, their record is actually the sixth-best in the conference, one game behind the Los Angeles Lakers and a half-game behind the San Antonio Spurs, whom the Jazz defeated five days ago 97-91 in Salt Lake City.
Utah takes on the New Orleans Hornets in a continuation of the never-ending Deron Williams-Chris Paul comparison tonight at seven in SLC at the EnergySolutions Arena. This will be the tenth meeting between the two. Williams currently has a 6-3 advantage head-to-head versus Paul. With that said, Paul is going to his first All-Star game this season, while Williams did not get selected. However, Williams has taken his team to the playoffs in his three-year career- something that Paul cannot claim. In fact, Williams led his team to the Western Conference Finals last year. 'Nuff said.
In addition, and more importantly, the Jazz are just three games behind the Hornets in the standings, who are second in the Western Conference, a half-game behind the Phoenix Suns.
This is, without a doubt, the biggest game in the NBA today amidst a schedule that includes ten games.