It's not yet guaranteed that the Los Angeles Lakers will face the Utah Jazz in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. But if the Lakers' make their intended statement Tuesday night, it will be.
While the Lakers (64-17) have long since locked up the top seed in the West as they gear up for another run at the franchise's 15th NBA title, eighth-place Utah is one game behind New Orleans and Dallas with one game to play.
The Jazz (48-33) hold the tiebreaker over both teams, so a win over Los Angeles would give them a chance to move up if either the Hornets or Mavericks lose their finale Wednesday. But a loss would setup a rematch with the Lakers, who eliminated Utah in six games in a conference semifinal series last year.
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