Utah Jazz: 5 can’t-miss games on the 2021-22 schedule

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Sunday, October 31 – Milwaukee Bucks vs Utah Jazz

For Utah Jazz fans trying to gauge their squad’s championship odds in the 2021-22 season, what better opportunity could there be than an early-season matchup against the defending champions?

That’s exactly what the Jazz are up against as they travel to the Fiserv Forum for a matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. This game sees two small-market contenders going head-to-head, with many Utah Jazz fans gleaning hope from the Bucks’ recent storybook 2020-21 NBA season.

The Bucks do feature one component the Jazz can’t lay claim to: a back-to-back MVP winner. Giannis Antetokounmpo is, undeniably, more accomplished than any player on the Utah Jazz. Nonetheless, Quin Snyder and his squad will have a chance to overwhelm the Bucks with (narrowly) superior depth and three-point shooting.

The battle between Antetokoumpo and three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert is particularly intriguing. Nobody in the NBA finishes at the rim more effectively than Giannis. Meanwhile, nobody in the NBA stops players from finishing at the rim more effectively than Rudy Gobert.

Can the Greek Freak topple the Stifle Tower? The marketing for this matchup writes itself. Utah Jazz fans can’t miss this one.