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NBA Standings and Draft Lottery review for the Utah Jazz: March 18th, 2015

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

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

I can't believe that the NBA Regular Season is going to end in another 30 days. (Yeah, I looked that up.) For teams heading for the NBA Playoffs that means the long slog of the regular season is over. For the teams going to the NBA Draft Lottery, it means that another year in transition is a few lucky bounces away from being the start of a new era. For us Utah Jazz fans, a team that appears to be gate crashing the 10th post in the West, it means a year of waiting. The team isn't bad enough to put a lot of eggs in the lotto basket, but not quite good enough to be fighting for homecourt (or even making) in the playoffs. Yet, we must document what happened last night.

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What Happened Last Night?

Winner Loser Commentary
1 NYK East 15 104 - SAS West 6 100 Yeah, I totally did not call this
2 DET East 12 105 - MEM West 2 95 Or this.
3 HOU West 4 107 - ORL East 13 94 Okay Donatas Motiejunas, I see you.
4 NOP West 9 85 - MIL East 6 84 One point wins are always fun
5 LAC West 7 99 - CHA East 10 92 Well, at least they didn't lose by 40.

Okay, so the Spurs and Grizzlies both lost. The world is full of chaos. And, as the former Mayor of Baltimore tells us, Chaos is a ladder. (Beware, it's a Game of Thrones video, so there are dead tortured people in it, it could be disturbing.) Did anyone take advantage of it last night?

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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 ATL
2 Grizzlies 47 - 21 69.12% 7.0 14 @ DET L
3 Trail Blazers 44 21 67.69% 8.5 17 @ MIA
4 Rockets 45 - 22 67.16% 8.5 15 vs ORL W
5 Mavericks 43 - 25 63.24% 11.0 14 vs ORL
6 Spurs 41 - 25 62.12% 12.0 16 @ NYK L @ MIL
7 Clippers 43 - 25 63.24% 11.0 14 @ CHA W @ SAC
8 Pelicans 37 - 30 55.22% 16.5 15 vs MIL W
9 Thunder 37 - 30 55.22% 16.5 15 vs BOS
10 Suns 35 - 33 51.47% 19.0 14
11 Jazz 30 - 36 45.45% 23.0 16 vs WAS
12 Nuggets 26 - 42 38.24% 28.0 14
13 Kings 22 - 44 33.33% 31.0 16 vs LAC
14 Lakers 17 - 49 25.76% 36.0 16
15 Timberwolves 14 - 52 21.21% 39.0 16 @ TOR
x - Clinched Playoffs

The Clippers went up 2 spots over night, as they won and the Spurs lost, while the Mavs were idle. New Orleans and Oklahoma City flip flopped as well because of tie breakers.

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The Race to the Bottom:

2014 2015 WYWS March 18

So this is where things get a little bit interesting. There were no actual "changes" in standing here, except for the very fun Suns, Bucks, Pelicans, Thunder part of the world. Two of these teams will make the playoffs, the other two will go into the lotto. There are about 15 more games for these teams to figure it out.

Also, between the #7 lotto seed and the #14, well, there's only a 6.5 games separation. You never know when a team, or teams, decide to go "all in" on the tank and just nosedive. Lionel Hollins isn't smart enough to do that. But maybe Steve Clifford is? I don't know. But my money is on another East pretended going the way of Detroit, and going on a long losing streak. Oh, btw, congrats to Detroit who no long have a double digit losing streak by their name.

As for our Jazz, I don't think they have enough tanking juice to make it to the next level, where they'll have a 10-29% of getting a Top 3 pick. With how the team is playing now I think we're all okay with that.

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What Games are happening tonight?

Road Home Commentary
1 DET East 12 @ PHI East 14 Detroit is rolling right now.
2 BKN East 11 @ CLE East 2 One contender against on poorly run team.
3 MIN West 15 @ TOR East 3 This shouldn't be a contest, but what do I know?
4 POR West 3 @ MIA East 8 Possible NBA Finals match-up?
5 IND East 7 @ CHI East 4 John Paxon will have trouble checking Vern Fleming.
6 SAS West 7 @ MIL East 6 Will the Spurs drop back to back games?
7 BOS East 9 @ OKC West 9 Who is going to stop Russell Westbrook?
8 ORL East 13 @ DAL West 6 This is almost a sure thing, right?
9 LAC West 5 @ SAC West 13 Expect DeMarcus Cousins to get frustrated.
10 WAS East 5 @ UTA West 11 Once upon a time this game was to be on TV.
11 ATL East 1 @ GSW West 1 Wait, this is the possible NBA Finals match-up, right?

It's a big night in the Association. The Jazz game matters, and we expect Boston to lose to OKC. Utah has a chance to rise in the overall standings, but it's of no great benefit right now.

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For those keeping that candle alive, the Jazz (11) are now 4.0 games behind the Suns (10), and there are 15 games to figure it all out. I hope they catch them.