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Utah Jazz Power Rankings Round-Up Week 15: How do you feel about 12th-ish?

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The Utah Jazz went 4-0 over the past week, downing the Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Phoenix Suns. Three at home, and one on the road make it a solid week even if the competition was, at times, weak. Utah has now rattled off six wins in a row, and we're finally seeing the team we expected to see after last seasons' furious finish. The Jazz are now playing with 4 of 5 intended starters and it's not a surprise that they are now back to .500. While the sky may not be the limit for this club this season, it's pretty clear that despite all the challenges, the Jazz are on their climb once again. I am not alone in this thought, many of the national writers seem to agree. Let's check out what THEY have to say, though:

News Outlet Author Date This Week Last Change Commentary
1 Bleacher Report Grant Hughes 2 5 2016 11 17 6

Let's hear it for homestands!

Thanks to a protracted stretch of games in Salt Lake City, the Utah Jazz have amassed a season-best four-game winning streak. And while the competition wasn't sturdy, this stretch of success is different from the one that only pushed the similarly streaking Blazers up two spots.

Utah is getting healthier, and its defense is starting to look more like the smothering outfit it was last season. More than the time spent at home, it's the return to prominence of the Jazz's top talents driving this surge. Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors are finally back on the floor together, and Gordon Hayward has been piling up numbers like crazy.

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2 CBS Sports Matt Moore 2 8 2016 15 22 7 Uh-oh. Look who got back to full strength and is now tearing the league apart? Lineups with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert together are scoring at an excellent rate (107.5 per 100 possessions), defending at a better one (99.7 allowed per 100 possessions) and the team is back to its defensive identity. Look out for Utah.
3 ESPN Marc Stein 2 8 2016 12 16 4 You could diminish what the Jazz are doing these days by pointing out that only one opponent during their current six-game winning streak is presently on track for a playoff berth. Or you could praise them for taking advantage of the schedule opportunity to make a quicker-than-envisioned return to .500 and climb to fifth in the West in the nightly point margin (plus-1.5). Your call.
4 ESPN ESPN Analytics 2 8 2016 12 -- -- OFF -0.3 // DEF +1.0 // BPI +0.7
5 Fox Sports Andrew Lynch 2 4 2016 16 19 3 --
6 Hoops Habit Gerald Bourguet 2 2 2016 17 19 2 [Ed. This is Last Week's] Credit where credit is due: Despite an unstoppable rash of injuries this season, the Utah Jazz are still not too far removed from one of the West's final playoff spots. Now that Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert are both back, the Jazz have strung together a three-game win streak, including Monday's big overtime win over the Bulls.
But that's not all; Raul Neto torched Derrick Rose down the stretch for Utah's shorthanded backcourt, Rodney Hood has become an excellent playmaker out of pick and rolls and even Trey Lyles filled in fairly well with Favors sidelined. Don't look now, but the Jazz could be on the upswing.
7 NBA.COM John Schuhmann 2 8 2016 13 18 5 Pace: 93.0 (30) OffRtg: 103.0 (12) DefRtg: 101.9 (12) NetRtg: +1.0 (11)
Last season, the Jazz had the league's No. 1 defense, by a wide margin, after the All-Star break. This season, they're getting started earlierov. They rank No. 1 defensively er the last 2 1/2 weeks and have won six straight games (twice winning with 84 or 85 points) to grab control of the 8 seed in the West. Rodney Hood has scored 22 or more points in six of his last nine games after doing so five times previously in his career.
8 NBC Sports Kurt Helin 2 8 2016 12 15 3 Winners of six in a row and it’s thanks to the return of Rudy Gobert and the lock-down Jazz defense we have remembered from the second half of last season. The Jazz are healthy and they are 12-6 in games Gobert and Derrick Favors start. Utah has moved into the eight seed in the West and I think it’s more likely they move up past Houston and maybe Dallas than it is Portland or Sacramento catches them.
9 NumberFire Committee 2 8 2016 12 13 1 Likelihoods: Playoffs (74.3%), Champs (0.1%), Projected W/L 41.1 - 41.0
10 Odds Shark Math 2 8 2016 8 8 0 Adjusted Power +7.68
11 Sports Illustrated Jeremy Woo 2 8 2016 15 17 2 Since Derrick Favors returned to the starting lineup six games ago, his team owns the league’s third-best point differential (11.2) and most efficient defense (91.3 points allowed per 100 possessions). The Jazz faced just one plus-.500 opponent in that span, the stumbling Bulls, but will surely take the results as its playoff chase gains new life.
12 USA Today Committee 2 8 2016 15 20 5 Utah's roster has a combined 32 years of experience, the fewest in the NBA, and yet the Jazz are two games back of the No. 6 seed.
13 Washington Post Tim Bontemps 2 8 2016 10 20 10 The Jazz have started to get healthy, and now they’ve rattled off six wins in a row as a result.
14 Yahoo! Sports BDL Eric Freeman 2 8 2016 13 12 -1 A six-game winning streak is notable no matter the opposition, especially when Rodney Hood is playing well enough to make fans forget about their glut of backcourt injuries. More neutrals would find them fun in Quin Snyder ever looked happy.

Overall everyone seemed to say some nice things. The high score was 8th best, and the low score was 17th, but that 17 is from Feb 2nd. The average right now is 12.93rd best in the NBA. That's a playoff team, and when you look at this team on the court, that's the impression you get as well. Now that they are finally healthy.