Thursday, April 16, 2009

Apr. 14th: Jazz vs Lakers


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.

Both teams will finish their regular seasons at Staples Center, and if the Jazz want any chance of avoiding the No. 8 seed and a return trip to Los Angeles, they'll have to avoid a sixth straight road loss to the Lakers.

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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