Utah Jazz: Tiebreakers could be key for final playoff spot

Published: Wednesday, April 18 2012 9:28 p.m. MDT

Utah Jazz's Devin Harris (5) drives to the basket as Portland Trail Blazers' Nolan Smith (4) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Rick Bowmer, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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PORTLAND, Ore. — With five teams vying for the final three playoff spots in the Western Conference, expect some spot-swapping over the next week.

"It could change even if you don't play a game," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said.

Corbin knows scoreboard watching is natural for his players and himself.

"As hard as it's going to be, you can't just get inundated," he said. "Just handle our business."

With so many teams so close, it's possible a tiebreaker could be needed to sort things out.

That's good news for the Jazz if they end up in a tie with Denver and/or Houston. Utah owns the tiebreaker over both teams, having won the season series with each of them 2-1.

The Suns (0-2) and Mavericks (1-2), however, hold the tiebreaker against Utah.

HERE'S A TIEBREAKER REFRESHER VIA NBA.COM:

Head-to-head record

Conference winning percentage

Conference winning percentage vs. playoff teams

Winning percentage vs. playoff teams from other conference

Overall point differential

MULTIPLE TEAMS TIED:

Winning percentage for games among tied teams

Conference winning percentage

Winning percentage vs. playoff teams from other conference

Overall point differential

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