With their sights set squarely on claiming the Western Conference's final playoff spot, the Utah Jazz have little margin for error as the season winds down. They've pushed their luck in recent weeks with poor play, but hope to take advantage of a home-heavy schedule to end year after putting the brakes on a losing streak.
The Phoenix Suns are still stuck in yet another skid - one that may not end anytime soon without improvements on the defensive end.
Utah looks to build on an encouraging victory and send the Suns to a fourth straight loss on Wednesday night.
A 5-12 record since the All-Star break has caused Utah (35-36) to fall one-game back of the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for eighth place. But while the Lakers enter their game Wednesday at Minnesota mired in a three-game losing streak, Utah put an end to its own four-game slide with a 107-91 home win over Philadelphia on Monday.
Despite squandering a lead of five games over Los Angeles at the break, the Jazz's confidence...