NBA Utah Jazz

Slim Playoff Hopes Still Alive for Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz have dropped out of the top eight teams in the Western Conference standings, but with the Los Angeles Lakers hitting a rough patch, the Jazz still have a chance to make the playoffs.

Utah finally picked up a win Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers to snap a four-game losing streak bringing their record to 35-36, just one game behind the Lakers, who have now lost three straight games of their own. While Utah still don’t have a bonafide star, if their role players all step up and the Lakers continue to slump the Jazz may be able to string together enough wins over the final three weeks of the season to catch Los Angeles.

Third-year guard/forward Gordon Hayward has appeared to step up lately since being inserted into the starting lineup. After spending the majority of the season as Utah’s sixth man Hayward has turned it on and is averaging 15.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and shooting .500 from three point range in the Jazz’s last five games.

The Jazz only have five games remaining against teams o

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ver .500 so they have a shot but Utah will need for both the Lakers and Dallas Mavericks to continue to slump if they are to steal the eighth seed back away from the Lakers. And even if the Jazz don’t make the postseason, they would be eligible for a lottery pick, which could be huge for management to rebuild the roster after a ton of free agents move on to other teams. The Jazz were in a bit of a tailspin, but their appear to have enough left to make one final run at the eighth seed.