March’s Road Schedule Will Make or Break the 2012-13 Utah Jazz
As the calendar is set to turn to March the Utah Jazz are about to face their toughest month of the season. Tyrone Corbin and his squad are in a playoff position in the phenomenally tough Western Conference, but the spot is not secure with the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers right behind them, so the Jazz have no wiggle room for error in the final quarter of the season.
What makes March difficult is the road aspect. This Jazz team is just 10-19 away from home currently which is the worst road record for any playoff team. In March the Jazz travel to a whopping six playoff teams as they go to the homes of the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, and one at Houston.
This month Utah also has stops to play at the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers who are not playoff threats but they are good home teams. Heck, they even play at the Cleveland Cavaliers who are not that good but they have won 8 of 12 at home. The Jazz are about to get into their own version of March Madness.
There are seven home games remaining this season vs non-playoff teams, and as usual the Jazz are great at home so we can count on a minimum of six wins there which gets them up to 38. I can’t see less than 46 wins making the playoffs in the West, and it could even get as high as 48 for the no.8 seed so the Jazz need to pull some road upsets in the next few weeks to make the playoffs for the second straight season under Corbin.