Top two NBA teams clash

It isn’t frequently that the groups with the very best records in the NBA satisfy in the routine season, which celebration generally draws attention and stars.

Wednesday’s Utah Jazz-Phoenix Suns face-off is no various. It’ll be on ESPN, and there will be at least one kept in mind celeb in the crowd at Phoenix: John Cleese.

OK, so it’s not Drake, Spike Lee, Jack Nicholson, however the English star of Monty Python popularity included some levity to the lead-up of this face-off on social networks. Cleese, who’s gone public with his Jazz fandom, tweeted out to his preferred NBA group’s Twitter account that he was intending to participate in the video game given that he’ll remain in Phoenix with his child.

As fans used aid, Jazz owner Ryan Smith reacted that he’d connect Cleese. The comic later on published that he’d slipped up by requesting for aid and stated he’d opened his wallet.

“I assumed that with limited capacity and the two best teams playing, all the tickets would have long gone,” Cleese composed. “Not so! So I BOUGHT two tickets.”

This need to be a doozy of a video game to view.

“This is a big one. The one seed versus two seed,” Jazz star Donovan Mitchell stated. “You try not to look at those things, but it’s hard not to.”

Allure get in with the NBA’s finest record (38-12), having actually won 9 of 10, while the Suns (35-14) can be found in on a six-game winning streak.

Each team includes young, high-scoring All-Star guards Mitchell (25.4 points per video game) and Devin Booker (25.9), veteran All-Star point player Mike Conley Jr. (16.6 points and 5.5 helps per video game) and Chris Paul (16.0 points, 8.8 helps), and skilled bigs Rudy Gobert (14.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks) and Deandre Ayton (14.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per video game).

They’re likewise both seeking to get an edge as the season nears the last stretch.

“These are teams that — if we want to get to our ultimate goal — we’re going to have to beat,” stated Conley, likewise describing Utah’s house video game vs. Portland on Thursday. “They’re sort of capturing their strides at the correct time.

“We need to have the ability to win on the roadway in hostile environments, and Phoenix is a terrific location to challenge ourselves. … Anticipating this test, that barometer to see where we’re at and keep punching.”

The Jazz are coming off of a 111-103 loss in Dallas on Monday, when the Jazz, the league’s top 3-point-shooting team, made only 12 of 44 attempts from beyond the arc. The Mavs shot 46.9 percent from 3-point range (23 of 49).

The Suns, meanwhile, escaped from Houston with a 133-130 win on Monday. As usual, it was Booker who did the heavy lifting offensively with 36 points.

“I was simply taking what the defense provided me,” said Booker, who went 6-8 from 3-point range. “I got a number of fast simple threes and was simply attempting to win the video game. … We wished to get this one bad.”

In his team’s only other meeting with the Jazz this season, back on New Year’s Eve, Booker scored 25 points in the Suns’ 106-95 win in Salt Lake City, which, coincidentally, was the last time the Jazz have lost a home game.

Paul also had a big night Monday for Phoenix, when his 11 assists moved him into an exclusive club. He became only the fifth player with 10 or more assists in 500 career games. Jazz legend John Stockton (863) is the leader.

“He is among the very best set-up people I have actually ever seen,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “He comprehends how to get people the ball, a lot like those other people who are pointed out.”

Paul moved previous 10,000 helps in his profession previously this season, and now ranks 6th in NBA history, with 10,074 — 67 behind Magic Johnson in 5th location. Stockton is the leader with 15,806.

–Field Level Media

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.