Game 81

Phoenix SunsFriday, 8:30 p.m.

America West Arena> Season Series: Jazz lead 2-1

Radio: KFAN (1320 AM)

TV: TNT/KJZZ, Ch. 14

Jazz Record

Home: 36-5 Away: 25-14

Streak: Won 2 Last 10: 8-2

This time last year: 62-18

The pace (plus/minus): minus 1

Jazz (61-19)

WATCH FOR: Greg Foster to crash the boards. He pulled down a career-high 15 the last time the Jazz faced the Suns, a 92-73 Utah win in the Delta Center on March 24. . .The Jazz need a win in order to maintain their hopes of finishing with the best record in the NBA. . .Utah closes out the 1997-98 regular season Sunday at the Great Western Forum against the Lakers. . .The Jazz have won nine of their past 12 games with the Suns.

Probable starters

F Karl Malone (27.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg)

F Adam Keefe (8.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg)

C Greg Foster (5.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

G Jeff Hornacek (14.4 ppg, 4.3 apg)

G John Stockton (12.2 ppg, 8.6 apg)

Suns (55-25)

WATCH FOR: The Suns to be hot. Phoenix has won 10 straight games and is trying to fend off San Antonio for home-court advantage in their first-round NBA playoff series. . .A victory will give the Suns a 2-2 split with the Jazz this season. . .All-Star Jason Kidd is averaging 11.4 ponts, 9 assists and 6.2 rebounds this season. . .Phoenix concudes its regular season Sunday at Houston.

Probable starters

F Anotnio McDyess (15.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg)

F George McCloud(7 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

C Cliff Robinson (13.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg)

G Rex Chapman (15.8 ppg, 3 apg)

G Jason Kidd (11.4 ppg, 9 apg)