The Utah Jazz are one of the winningest franchises in NBA history. Have they won a title? No. But don’t let that fool you. This team has done a lot of winning over the years. And I mean a LOT.
50-win seasons since start of 1979-1980 season (via @bball_ref as of 2/11/19):— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) February 12, 2019
18: BOS, PHO
14: DAL, OKC
13: DET, HOU
12: CHI, POR
10: ATL, PHI
9: MIA, NYK
7: DEN, GSW, ORL
5: LAC, SAC
4: MEM, MIN
3: CHA, TOR
1: BKN, NO
Like I said, that’s a lot of W’s. The last time Utah was a 50-win team was just 2 seasons ago when they finished 51-31. After starting off slow yet again this year, could they be on their way to winning 50 games?
It’s not as far-fetched as you might think.
The Jazz are the owners of the West’s weakest remaining schedule for the rest of the season. There is a particular stretch that should equate to a long winning streak coming up in March. I mean, just look at how many wins are right here:
That could very well be a 13 game winning streak. If not, then at worst it should be an 11-2 stretch. That alone would put the Jazz at 43 wins on the season. Which means they would only have to win 7 of the remaining 13 games on the schedule. Quin Snyder would deservedly be in the running for Coach of the Year again if he improved on last year’s win total and got the Jazz to a home-court advantage playoff spot.
FiveThirtyEight.com is pretty optimistic about the Jazz as well. They currently project them to finish tied for 4th with 49 wins. If, however, Utah wins every game they are favored to at this point in time, they’ll pick up another 21 wins. That would be good for 53 wins!!
In the end, I’m not so sure it matters. After Golden State unsurprisingly comes in first, the rest of the West feels pretty even this year. Seeds 2-7 should all provide great playoff matchups and fun storylines. But for now, I’m just going to enjoy the ride the rest of the regular season will bring.
Starting tonight in San Francisco.
How many wins will the Jazz end the season with?
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