While You Were Sleeping - April 1st

March 31, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Utah Jazz forwardcenter Derrick Favors (15) goes in for a basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Something went right! The Pacers went into Houston on the back end of a b2b and got an overtime win. Maybe this is the nudge from the universe the Jazz need to win tonight in Portland? Of course, that Trailblazers team that we swore was tanking is now 5-5 in their last 10, so who knows?

Not much help anywhere else, especially in Orlando.

The standings and WYWS, after the jump.

The Standings:

Western Conference - While You Were Sleeping
Seed Team Game Result W L % GB
1 Oklahoma City Thunder CHI W 40 12 76.9% --
2 San Antonio Spurs 36 14 72.0% 2.5
3 Los Angeles Lakers GSW W 33 20 62.3% 7.5
4 Los Angeles Clippers 31 21 59.6% 8.5
5 Dallas Mavericks 30 23 56.6% 10
6 Memphis Grizzlies 28 22 56.0% 10.5
7 Denver Nuggets @ORL W 29 24 54.7% 11.5
8 Houston Rockets IND L 28 25 52.8% 11.5
9 Utah Jazz 27 26 50.9% 13
10 Phoenix Suns NOH W 26 26 50.0% 14
11 Portland Trail Blazers MIN W 25 28 47.2% 15.5
12 Minnesota Timberwolves @POR L 25 29 46.3% 15
13 Golden State Warriors @LAL L 20 31 39.2% 18.5
14 Sacramento Kings 18 34 34.6% 21.5
15 New Orleans Hornets @PHX L 13 40 24.5% 26.5

While you were sleeping:


The Good News!

  • Pacers 104 - Rockets 102


The "It's so Bad I'm Mad" News:

  • Hornets 75 - Suns 92
  • Nuggets 104 - Magic 101
  • Warriors 112 - Lakers 120

Tonight's Important Games:

  • Jazz @ Trailblazers: The Jazz can help themselves out a lot by getting this win.
  • Grizzlies @ Thunder: Grizz loss would move them to 3 losses closer to the Jazz.
  • Clippers @ Mavericks: Win/ win here. Lets see how the Clipp's win streak goes away from home.
  • Timberwolves @ Kings: Wolves need to win here so the Kings can keep up with Mark Jackson's masterful tanking.
Final thought: Take a look at Amar's post about the upcoming schedule. The stretch of the last 8-10 games was the most brutal of the season by far, and the Jazz have played 53 games. That is the same number as the Nuggets and Rockets, who have fared about as well as the Jazz recently, but is 3 more than the Grizzlies. If any team starts to feel the pinch of their schedule down the stretch, its going to be them.
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