Playoff race: Breaking down and predicting the remaining Jazz and Lakers games

Published: Monday, April 8 2013 1:47 p.m. MDT

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San Antonio at Los Angeles

For all the first-glance discrepancies between the Spurs and Lakers (first place/eighth place, cohesive/drama-filled), the two previous meetings between them have been decided by a combined five points.

Also something that could very well be in play: the Spurs' starters sitting this one out. This would only happen if home-court advantage in the West is already decided, a factor that won't be known until later this week.

If the Spurs do have ample cushion in the standings, expect the Jazz and their fans' hearts to sink when Greg Popovich sits all of his stars. With only two games before Sunday's showdown, however, it's doubtful the Spurs will have that much breathing room.

Probable outcome: San Antonio wins

Probable standings result: Utah jumps ahead of Los Angeles by a half game.
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Omaha, NE

ESPN said Utah only needs to wins, and LA needs 4. The road looks much better for Utah.

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