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NBA Standings and Draft Lottery review for the Utah Jazz: March 6th, 2015

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

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There were only two games in the entire NBA last night, the Chicago Bulls beat the surging Oklahoma City Thunder on a late 3 pointer by E'Twaun Moore with 2.1 seconds left. The "other" game was a 19 point victory by the Portland Trail Blazers against the visiting Dallas Mavericks. The win came with a cost as Wesley Matthews got injured (left Achilles tendon tear) and will be out for the rest of the season. That's so harsh. And in hindsight, that Arron Afflalo trade looks so much smarter now. Anyway, let's recap the races we are following.

Western Conference Standings:

Team W L % GB Last Night Tonight
1 Warriors 47 - 12 79.66% 0.0 vs DAL
2 Grizzlies 43 - 17 71.67% 4.5 vs LAL
3 Trail Blazers 41 19 68.33% 6.5 vs DAL W
4 Rockets 41 - 20 67.21% 7.0
5 Clippers 40 - 22 64.52% 8.5
6 Mavericks 40 - 23 63.49% 9.0 @ POR L @ GSW
7 Spurs 37 - 23 61.67% 10.5 vs DEN
8 Thunder 34 - 28 54.84% 14.5 @ CHI L
9 Pelicans 33 - 28 54.10% 15.0 vs BOS
10 Suns 32 - 30 51.61% 16.5 @ BKN
11 Jazz 24 - 36 40.00% 23.5 @ PHI
12 Nuggets 22 - 39 36.07% 26.0 @ SAS
13 Kings 21 - 38 35.59% 26.0 @ ORL
14 Lakers 16 - 44 26.67% 31.5 @ MEM
15 Timberwolves 13 - 47 21.67% 34.5

Portland's win put them at #3 in the West, which is something that surprises me because I honestly didn't think they'd be this good. I guess I'm just a hater. The Pelicans could actually make a #playoffpush if OKC continues to lose to Eastern teams on last second three pointers.

What happened last night?

Portland won in the short term, but lost in the long term. Chicago won as well. More people are probably more interested in the slate of games tonight, though.

Lottery Standings:

Team W L % GB Conf Streak Last 10 Top 3
1 Knicks 12 - 48 20.00% 0.0 East 15 L 2 2 - 8 64.3%
2 76ers 13 - 48 21.31% 0.5 East 14 L 3 2 - 8 55.8%
3 Timberwolves 13 - 47 21.67% 1.0 West 15 L 4 3 - 7 46.9%
4 Lakers 16 - 44 26.67% 4.0 West 14 L 3 3 - 7 37.8%
5 Magic 19 - 43 30.65% 6.0 East 13 L 4 4 - 6 29.2%
6 Kings 21 - 38 35.59% 9.5 West 13 L 1 4 - 6 21.5%
7 Nuggets 22 - 39 36.07% 9.5 West 12 W 2 3 - 7 15.0%
8 Pistons 23 - 37 38.33% 11.0 East 12 L 4 4 - 6 10.0%
9 Jazz 24 - 36 40.00% 12.0 West 11 L 1 7 - 3 6.1%
10 Celtics 24 - 35 40.68% 12.5 East 11 W 1 5 - 5 4.0%
11 Nets 25 - 34 42.37% 13.5 East 10 L 1 4 - 6 2.9%
12 Pacers 26 - 34 43.33% 14.0 East 9 W 3 8 - 2 2.5%
13 Hornets 26 - 33 44.07% 14.5 East 8 W 3 4 - 6 --
14 Heat 27 - 33 45.00% 15.0 East 7 W 2 5 - 5 --
15 Suns 32 - 30 51.61% 19.0 West 10 W 1 3 - 7 2.2%
16 Bucks 32 - 29 52.46% 19.5 East 6 L 4 4 - 6 --
17 Pelicans 33 - 28 54.10% 20.5 West 9 W 1 6 - 4 1.8%
18 Thunder 34 - 28 54.84% 21.0 West 8 W 2 8 - 2 --
19 Wizards 34 - 27 55.74% 21.5 East 5 L 1 3 - 7 --
20 Spurs 37 - 23 61.67% 25.0 West 7 W 3 5 - 5 --

The only change here is that the Thunder, a playoff team, got an extra loss. So there have been no "real" changes.

What are we looking at?

There are a bunch of games we may care about; specifically, the teams in that #6-10 lotto spot range:

  • Sacramento (6) @ Orlando (5)
  • Denver (7) @ San Antonio (W.Playoff)
  • Detroit (8) @ Houston (W.Playoff)
  • Utah (9) @ Philly (2)
  • Celtics (10) @ New Orleans (17)

We're not rooting for ping pong balls this year, and that's good because tonight the Jazz will look to give up that extra +2.1% for a Top 3 pick and retake the #10 seed for the draft lottery.

And get as well as you possibly can Wes; there's no need to rush back. I still miss you!