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NBA Standings and Draft Lottery review for the Utah Jazz: March 17th, 2015

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Catching up with the standings for both the West Playoffs and the NBA Lotto

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I know, I know . . . "If the Utah Jazz were in the Eastern Conference . . . ", but they are not. They are in the West, were Men are made. There were a bunch of interesting games in the association last night. Let's figure out what happened while you were sleeping in the Western Conference and the NBA Draft lotto races.

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What Happened Last Night?

Winner Loser Commentary
1 TOR East 3 117 -- IND East 7 98 Thanks for showing up T-Dot
2 WAS East 5 105 -- POR West 3 97 D.C. flies to Utah today
3 BOS East 9 108 -- PHI East 14 89 Tyrone Hill and Matt Geiger aren't walking through that door
4 MEM West 2 92 -- DEN West 12 81 Big game for Zach Randolph, 21/16
5 BKN East 11 122 -- MIN West 15 106 Kevin Garnett doesn't get "revenge" on his old club
6 MIA East 8 106 -- CLE East 2 92 Dwyane Wade's 32 > LeBron James' 26
7 UTA West 11 94 -- CHA East 10 66 Final score wasn't nearly as close as the beatdown actually was
8 DAL West 5 119 -- OKC West 8 115 Hard to win when your bigman rotation is Enes Kanter, Steven Adams, and Mitch McGary
9 ATL East 1 110 -- SAC West 13 103 Duh.
10 GSW West 1 108 -- LAL West 14 105 Dubs lock up a playoff spot

There were no "upsets" last night unless you count the Heat beating the Cavaliers, and the Jazz over the Bobcats, er, Hornets. Horncats. Also, comparatively, Jazz defense is for real.

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Western Conference Standings:

Team W L % GB GL Last Night Tonight
1 Warriors - x 53 - 13 80.30% 0.0 16 vs LAL W
2 Grizzlies 47 - 20 70.15% 6.5 15 vs DEN W @ DET
3 Trail Blazers 44 21 67.69% 8.5 17 @ WAS L
4 Rockets 44 - 22 66.67% 9.0 16 vs ORL
5 Mavericks 43 - 25 63.24% 11.0 14 vs OKC W
6 Spurs 41 - 24 63.08% 11.5 17 @ NYK
7 Clippers 42 - 25 62.69% 11.5 15 @ CHA
8 Thunder 37 - 30 55.22% 16.5 15 @ DAL L
9 Pelicans 36 - 30 54.55% 17.0 16 vs MIL
10 Suns 35 - 33 51.47% 19.0 14
11 Jazz 30 - 36 45.45% 23.0 16 vs CHA W
12 Nuggets 26 - 42 38.24% 28.0 14 @ MEM L
13 Kings 22 - 44 33.33% 31.0 16 vs ATL L
14 Lakers 17 - 49 25.76% 36.0 16 @ GSW L
15 Timberwolves 14 - 52 21.21% 39.0 16 vs BKN L
x - Clinched Playoffs

The big news here is that, like most nights, every team behind the Jazz lost, and every team (for the most part) ahead of them won. Wait, I didn't mean news because that happens almost every single night so far. Golden State is in the playoffs now, if they were REALLY confident they would lose the rest of their games to prove a point.

There are still 5.0 games between the #2 and #7 seeds, and there's an average of 15.5 games left to play. Lots of movement is expected. Last night Dallas moved from #7 to #5, for example.

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The Race to the Bottom:

2014 2015 WYWS March 17

N.B. Yellow things in the draft picks section are trades that would go through today, if this was the season's end

I've also changed it from four sets of five (which makes sense to me) to five sets of four, as a result the groupings are less pleasing to the eye, but more indicative of the relative distances between each grouping. Right now Orlando is closer to Denver than they are to New York. This new grouping shows that. Also, the new grouping seems to track well with the Top 3 probabilities. You have the first group that's 30 plus percent, then 10% - 30% for the next group, and then under 10% for the rest.

There's that section from Brooklyn to Indiana that's separated by 2.5 games, spread out over six different teams. That's where most of the movement is happening right now. Last night Charlotte went down from #13 to #10 in one night, while Utah, Boston, and Miami all went up one spot.I would really like a tournament or something to help sort out these teams for lotto spot. So many of them are bunched up around 30 wins and 36 losses right now.

If you look at the general trend, almost every team "ahead" of Utah in this is on some sort of losing streak. The bad teams are not trying to get better right now on the court.

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What Games are happening tonight?

Road Home Commentary
1 SAS West 6 @ NYK East 15 This should be pretty ugly pretty soon
2 MEM West 2 @ DET East 12 Same here
3 ORL East 13 @ HOU West 4 Same here
4 MIL East 6 @ NOP West 9 An actually competitive game!
5 CHA East 10 @ LAC West 7 Does CHA have any pride? We'll see.

None of these games really have any meaning for the Jazz.

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Utah won last night, and that's all that matters. They are now 4.0 games behind the Suns -- and these two teams play one another next month. It can happen!