A look at how the wild, wild West might shake out for the NBA and the Utah Jazz

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  • Jazzspaz Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 1, 2019 4:54 p.m.

    Here's my dream scenario of all the likely options:

    Portland keeps winning and Houston drops 2-3 games (possible with Philly, Kings, Clips, and OKC on the schedule). The Clips keep winning and Jazz tank (gasp) the last 1-2 games to get the 6 seed.

    That would make it:
    1. GS
    2. Nuggets
    3. Portland
    4. Kings
    5. Clippers
    6. Jazz
    7. Spurs
    8. OKC

    Jazz vs Portland in Round 1 (Advantage Jazz)
    Jazz vs. Denver/Spurs in Round 2.

    I like them odds!

  • Snyder Scowl Provo, UT
    April 1, 2019 2:39 p.m.

    Another projection site not mentioned in the article is teamrankings.com

    The current NBA projections in the West are as follows
    Golden State: 56.3-25.7 (56-26)
    Denver: 54.1-27.9 (54-28)
    Houston: 52.3-29.7 (52-30)
    Portland: 51.6-30.4 (52-30)
    Utah: 50.2-31.8 (50-32)
    LA Clippers: 48.9-33.1 (49-33)
    San Antonio: 47.1-34.9 (47-35)
    Oklahoma City: 46.8-35.2 (47-35)

  • hokieland43 Blacksburg, VA
    April 1, 2019 2:04 p.m.

    KellenJW,

    Actually, Utah has the tiebreaker vs Portland. They have a split record and Utah has a better record in division at 7-8. Portland has 9 loses in division and still has to play Denver twice. If Utah ties Portland in win loses, they are going to have to win most if not all of their games and Portland will probably have to lose at least once to Denver. Utah would win the tiebreaker.

    Houston has tiebreaker no matter what happens the rest of the way. Division winner gets first tie breaker. Regardless of conference record (which Utah would probably be better if they caught Houston. Similar to Portland situation), Houston will get the tie breaker. Utah gets punished for being in a significantly better division.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 1, 2019 1:22 p.m.

    I have to admit I'm quite surprised at OKC's free fall. If they end up playing Golden State it would deprive the Warriors of an easy first round.

  • KellenJW Peachtree City, GA
    April 1, 2019 8:27 a.m.

    Portland owns the tiebreaker, and they are two games ahead, so it is unlikely that the Jazz will pass them, unless Portland has a complete collapse.

    Both teams have six games left. The Jazz play five easy teams, and one (Denver) that will be tough. If the Jazz go 5-1, then Portland would need to go 2-4 in order for the Jazz to pass them. With three easy opponents in the last six, that is unlikely. Portland will find a way to win at least three.

    For the third year in a row, the Jazz will have to win the first round as underdogs.

  • Farmington Fan Farmington, UT
    April 1, 2019 7:40 a.m.

    The Jazz need to play GSW or Houston other than in the first round, to give them an opportunity for one of their key players to get injured before the Jazz play them.

  • Williss Kaysville, UT
    April 1, 2019 7:37 a.m.

    Jody - you forgot a major piece here... who has the tiebreaker if the jazz can make up 2 games in Portland?

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    March 31, 2019 11:06 p.m.

    Anyone but Houston.