"It's an unbelievable way to start the playoffs but that's how it is," Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix coach, told reporters after the Suns beat Portland 100-91.
The final seedings in the Western Conference were still undecided going into the last round of games, but San Antonio's win coupled with Houston's 93-75 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers confirmed the first round schedule.
The Spurs could have slipped to as low as sixth rank, but made light work of the Jazz, shooting 72 per cent in the first half to lead 65-39 at the break in a dominant display.
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Tim Duncan contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds, with four other Spurs scoring in double digits.
C.J. Miles led the Jazz with 12 points, while Mehmet Okur scored 11 and Carlos Boozer had 10 rebounds.
Fifth-seeded Houston will meet fourth-seeded Utah in another first round series, while the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers will meet Denver, and Dallas face the second-seeded New Orleans Hornets.
In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics hold the top seed after completing the regular season with the best overall record and will face the Atlanta Hawks in the first round.
The Hawks made the post-season with a 37-45 record in the much weaker conference of the two.
Second-seeded Detroit face Philadelphia, while third-seeded Orlando play Toronto and the fourth-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers will battle Washington in the final East first round series.