Game 49

Seattle SupersonicsSaturday, 8 p.m.

Key Arena

Season Series: Tied 1-1

Radio: KFAN (1320 AM)

TV: Fox Sports Rocky Mountain

Jazz Record

Home: 22-4 Away: 11-11

Streak: Won 3 Last 10: 7-3

This time last year: 34-34

The pace (plus/minus): Minus 1

Jazz (33-15)

WATCH FOR: Karl Malone to play well. In the two previous meetings with Seattle this season, the Mailman is averaging 25 points and 13.5 rebounds. . .Both previous meetings this season were played in the Delta Center. Utah prevailed 110-104 on Nov. 14, while Seattle avenged the setback with a 101-93 triumph on Jan. 28. . .The Jazz, however, won both meetings on the Sonics' floor last season.

Probable starters

F Karl Malone (25.9 ppg, 10.2 rpg)

F Adam Keefe (7.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg)

C Greg Ostertag (5.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

G Jeff Hornacek (14.2 ppg, 4.4 apg)

G John Stockton (13 ppg, 8.9 apg)

Sonics (39-11)

WATCH FOR: Seattle to be tired and deservedly so. Since the all-star break, the sonics have played at Houston (Tuesday), San Antonio (Wednesday) and the L.A. Lakers (Friday). . .This ushers in a four-game homestand for Seattle. . .As Vin Baker goes, so go the Sonics this season against the Jazz. The all-star forard scored 28 points in Seattle's win and just 13 in the loss. . .The teams meet again March 31 in Seattle.

Probable starters

F Vin Baker (20.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg)

F Detleff Schrempf (16.3 ppg, 7 rpg)

C Jim McIvaine (3.1 ppg, 3,3 rpg)

G Hersey Hawkins (10.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg)

G Gary Payton (19.1 ppg, 8.8 apg)