1,000 Downbeats? That's a lot.
- Both teams have just one B2B remaining.
- Houston and Golden State are really only fighting each other for playoff position. Neither are going to catch Memphis and likely won't get overtaken by the Lakers or the Jazz. So what should concern you is that the last game of the season doesn't matter for either team. But because the loser has to play either the Thunder or the Spurs in the first round, there's incentive to keep battling to the wire. But if Houston is out of it, they might not give up much of a fight against LA in the final game of the season.
Memphis could end up fighting to the end as well, trying to move up to the 3 spot. That doesn't bode well for the Jazz as they'll be on the road against the Grizzlies for that final game.
- If the Jazz and Lakers are tie going into the final three games of the season, you have to like the chances. LA has Golden State at home, San Antonio at home, and Houston at home. Hopefully the Warriors are still fighting for seeding. I don't think Greg Popovich's his starters against LA less he incurs another fine from Stern.
The Jazz have two on the road, with the Memphis game being written off as a complete loss.
That means the season for the Jazz would be picking up two wins against the Timberwolves. Would it be a bit tragic if AK has a say in the Jazz missing the playoffs?