SALT LAKE CITY -- No one can deny Utah has undergone a significant evolution as the season has progressed. Each day, the Jazz are less of team fighting their way into the NBA playoffs and more of a team who could make some serious postseason noise.
Utah (39-30) has won eight straight and 20 of its last 22 games entering Saturday's contest against the Sacramento Kings.
The Jazz are operating at an elite level defensively. They have held six of their last seven opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field and have allowed just four opponents to score 100 or more points over their last 22 games.