UTAH JAZZ

Every Team In West Has Critical Game On Friday

Apr 5, 2019, 12:58 PM
Thabo Sefolosha #22 of the Utah Jazz high fives Joe Ingles #2 after Ingles hit a three-point shot a...
Thabo Sefolosha #22 of the Utah Jazz high fives Joe Ingles #2 after Ingles hit a three-point shot against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on April 03, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz could inch closer to home-court advantage in the first round of playoffs with a win over the Sacramento Kings and some other teams helping them out.

As it stands now, the Jazz sit in fifth place with four games to go. They’re two games behind the Portland Trail Blazers for fourth place and home court advantage in the playoffs. Portland plays the No. 2-seed Denver Nuggets twice in the next three days.

Every western conference team that has qualified for the playoffs will be in action on Friday.

Here’s a look at the current standings and who each team is facing next in the homestretch of the season:

1. Golden State Warriors (54-24)

Games Remaining: 4 (CLE, LAC, at NOP, at MEM)

Next Up: vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-60), Friday at 8:30 p.m.

The Warriors have basically locked up the top spot in the Western Conference, barring any epic meltdown. They have four games left, three of the four are against future lottery teams.

Golden State beat the Los Angeles Lakers on the road on Thursday night, 108-90. DeMarcus Cousins led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Cleveland has lost 7 straight games. Golden State beat the Cavaliers in their first meeting by 24 points, 129-105 on December 5.

2. Denver Nuggets (52-26)

Games Behind: 2

Games Remaining: 4 (POR, at POR, at UTAH, MIN)

Next Up: vs. Portland Trail Blazers (50-28), Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

The Nuggets could help the Jazz mightily by beating Portland twice this week. That could help Utah get home-court advantage. Denver has lost three of their last five though.

The first meeting this season was in Portland with Denver picking up a 113-112 win on November 30. January 13 was the other meeting, this time in Denver with the Nuggets winning the game, 116-113.

3. Houston Rockets (51-28)

Games Behind: 3.5

Games Remaining: 3 (NY, PHX, at OKC)

Next Up: vs. New York Knicks (15-63), Friday at 6 p.m.

The Rockets could snatch the two-seed from the Nuggets if Denver loses some games. Houston’s schedule sets up nicely to end the regular season.

Their first meeting against the Knicks was on January 23 at Madison Square Garden. Houston beat the Knicks 114-110 with James Harden scoring 61 points.

4. Portland Trail Blazers (50-28)

Games Behind: 4

Games Remaining: 4 (at DEN, DEN, at LAL, SAC)

Next Up: at Denver Nuggets (52-26), Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Two of the four games for the Trail Blazers are crucial. It could determine whether they get home-court advantage in the first round or not. They have won two straight and eight of their last nine.

The Nuggets lead the season series 2-0.

5. Utah Jazz (48-30)

Games Behind: 6

Games Remaining: 4 (SAC, at LAL, DEN, at LAC)

Next Up: vs. Sacramento Kings (39-40), Friday at 7 p.m. on AT&T SportsNet.

The Jazz currently have the longest winning streak in the NBA with six straight wins. They are still within reach of the four-seed in the west, if they can get some help with Portland playing the Nuggets twice.

Utah beat the Kings in the season opener on the road with a 123-117 victory. They lost the next game at home, 119-110 on November 21. Four days later, the Jazz beat the Kings on the road, 133-112.

6. LA Clippers (47-32)

Games Behind: 7.5

Games Remaining: 3 (LAL, at GSW, UTAH)

Next Up: vs. Los Angeles Lakers (35-44), Friday at 8:30 p.m.

In the last four games, the Clippers have won the games they were supposed to win and lost the games that most predicted them to lose. They are 2-2 in their last four after winning six straight and 11 of their last 12. Two of their final three games are against playoff teams.

They are 2-1 against the Lakers this season. Only loss was in overtime on January 31.

7. Oklahoma City Thunder (45-33)

Games Behind: 9

Games Remaining: 4 (DET, at MIN, HOU, at MIL)

Next Up: vs. Detroit Pistons (39-39), Friday at 6 p.m.

Tough schedule for the Thunder to end the season. A possible chance that the Bucks will rest all of their starters in the regular season finale, with Milwaukee locking up the No. 1-seed in the east. Oklahoma City has lost 7 of their last 10.

The Thunder beat the Pistons in Detroit on December 3 with a 110-83 victory.

8. San Antonio Spurs (45-34)

Games Behind: 9.5

Games Remaining: 3 (at WSH, at CLE, DAL)

Next Up: at Washington Wizards (32-47), Friday at 5 p.m.

The Spurs will not be able to catch the Jazz for the No. 5-seed in the west. They will likely be a No. 7 or No. 8-seed when the postseason begins.

San Antonio beat the Wizards in their first meeting on January 27 at home, 132-119.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

LeBron James Utah Jazz...
Chandler Holt

Through The Years: NBA’s Scoring Leader LeBron James Against Utah Jazz

LeBron James is now the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Drafted in 2003, James has played many games against the Jazz in his 20-year career.
11 hours ago
John Stockton and Karl Malone celebrate co-mvp in the Feb. 1993 NBA All-Star game....
Chandler Holt

The Full History Of Utah Jazz Players In All-Star Game

Since 1976, the Utah Jazz franchise has had 16 players combine for 50 appearances in the NBA All-Star game.
1 day ago
Walker Kessler - Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers...
Chandler Holt

Coaches Draft Rising Stars Teams, Deron Williams Selects Walker Kessler

The Jordan Rising Stars teams were drafted today. Former Jazz All-Star Deron Williams picked Walker Kessler to join his team.
1 day ago
Candace-Parker-Chicago-Sky-WNBA...
Chandler Holt

Candace Parker Will Be First Female Color Commentator For NBA All-Star Game

WNBA All-Star Candace Parker will make history in Salt Lake City. She will be the first female color commentator for the 72nd NBA All-Star game.
1 day ago
Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton drives against the Dallas Mavericks...
Ben Anderson

Jazz Lack Focus In Loss To Mavericks

The Utah Jazz lost for the second time in as many games falling to the dramatically shorthanded Dallas Mavericks 124-111. 
2 days ago
utah-jazz-guard-malik-beasley...
Ben Anderson

Poor Shooting Dooms Jazz Against Shorthanded Dallas Mavericks

The shorthanded Dallas Mavericks outshot and outlasted the Utah Jazz in a 124-111 win Monday night at Vivint Arena.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
jimmy-buffett-tour-art...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Every Team In West Has Critical Game On Friday