SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – After waiting for five days the Utah Jazz finally know who they will playing in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors in the second Western Conference play-in game in overtime, 117-112, to grab the eight seed.
The Jazz and Grizzlies will open their 7-game series Sunday night at Vivint Arena at 7:30 p.m.
The Jazz swept the season series against Memphis, winning all three games in a one week span from March 26th to March 31st.
The Jazz were at full strength in the first meeting, a 117-114 victory at home. Mike Conley was held out for rest the next night in a 126-110 win.
Then, the Jazz plane hit a flock of birds on its way to Memphis, forcing an emergency landing. Donovan Mitchell did not make the flight, and the Jazz still won, 111-107.
Mitchell, who missed the final 16 games because of an ankle injury, is expected back for Game 1.
The Grizzlies are led by last year’s NBA Rookie of the Year Ja Morant, who is averaging 19.1 points and 7.4 assists per game.
Conley played his first 12 NBA seasons with Memphis before being traded to the Jazz.
The Jazz have now made the NBA Playoffs in five-straight seasons and will be making their 30th NBA Playoff appearance in franchise history. The team has advanced to the Conference Semifinals 16 times, Western Conference Finals six times, and the NBA Finals twice.
This will mark the first time the team has played Memphis in a playoff series.
Here is the schedule for the series:
|1||Sun, May 23||7:30 p.m.||Vivint Arena||AT&T SportsNet/TNT|
|2||Wed, May 26||8 p.m.||Vivint Arena||AT&T SportsNet/TNT|
|3||Sat, May 29||7:30 p.m.||FedExForum||AT&T SportsNet/ESPN|
|4||Mon, May 31||7:30 p.m.||FedExForum||AT&T SportsNet/TNT|
|5*||Wed, June 2||TBD||Vivint Arena||TBD|
|6*||Fri, June 4||TBD||FedExForum||TBD|
|7*||Sun, June 6||TBD||Vivint Arena||TBD|