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No, the importance of this game has nothing to do with the NBA Finals history between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz.
There are three reasons why this game is important.
First, when the Jazz face off against the Bulls, Utah will have 15 games under its belt. There will be a clear picture of where the season is heading. Ten of the Jazz's first 15 games are against teams that made the playoffs last year, and how well they fare in those games will indicate whether this year is another rebuilding year or if they can contend.
Secondly, this game is important because the Jazz's new starting frontcourt duo will have a bit of chemistry going, and they will battle against the formidable frontcourt of Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer. Playing against veteran talent, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter's level of maturity will be tested. How well the young duo responds will be a telling sign of how dominant they can be.
Finally, it will give fans a chance to see rookie point guard Trey Burke go up against Derrick Rose. If Burke's potential isn't clear before that game, going against Rose will make it even more apparent.
At this point in the season, the Jazz will have some resemblance of chemistry amongst their young roster, and they won't have given way to the rigors of the long NBA season, as they did last year when they failed to make the playoffs.
Riding that youthful exuberance, the Jazz will be able to hang with the Bulls at home and come out victorious.
The Jazz will pull off the "upset" mainly because Derrick Favors' athleticism will be on display, overpowering Carlos Boozer on a regular basis. And the Bulls will be finishing off a West Coast road trip, coming off games against the L.A. Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers, which will make this game difficult for them.
A win against the Bulls at this point in the season will keep things interesting for the Jazz and their rabid fanbase.