Tom Smart, Deseret News
Sun's Steve Nash rallies his team as Utah's Paul Millsap prepares to shoot free throws in the final minute as the Utah Jazz are defeated by the Phoenix Suns 107-105 as they play NBA basketball Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Our take: The Jazz haven't gotten too much national attention since John Stockton retired and Karl Malone headed to Hollywood, and even less since Deron Williams' ignominious exit. But Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated claims that tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns could be more important than any other matchup in this lockout-shortened season.

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During the regular season we tend to focus on the matchups between elite teams, hoping to perhaps learn something about how Player X performs on the big stage, or how the Spurs deal with the Lakers' size advantage. But those games arent really "big" in the macro sense. Elite teams are going to make the playoffs, generally advance pretty far and eventually have to beat another elite team four times in seven tries.

But tonight's Suns-Jazz game, in Utah? That's a big a regular-season game, one that will likely decide the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Let's review the stakes and preview this bad boy.

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