Utah Jazz Won’t Hang Onto Eight-Seed in Western Conference for Long

By Cody Williams
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Just a few days ago, the Utah Jazz seemed like they had sneakily righted the ship in the 2012-2013 NBA season as they took sole possession of the eight-seed in the Western Conference after winning five consecutive games. However, with the Los Angeles Lakers grabbing a win on Tuesday night to give them the same record as the Jazz, the race obviously got a lot tighter.

Utah had a chance to answer the Lakers, though, with their game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. They already owned the tie-breaker with Los Angeles, but a victory would have given them a lead in the eight-seed once again. They were far away from getting a win against Denver, losing 113-96.

The Jazz are now faced with the tough task of, once again, trying to keep even with and surpass the Lakers for that last playoff seed. It’s obviously a tough task because they have to catch the Lakers, a team with one of the most talented rosters in the league who has seemed to turn it on over the past couple of weeks.

Another thing that makes catching the Lakers a difficult challenge, though, is the fact that three of their six remaining games are against quality teams that are currently in the NBA Playoffs. They also have two of their last three games against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have been playing really well lately and may have Kevin Love back at that point.

The Jazz were obviously playing a really good team, the Nuggets, on Wednesday. However, they still let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers. They had a chance to assert a sense of dominance over the Lakers and they failed to capture that opportunity. Now, they may very well be on the outside looking in on the postseason this year.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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