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After a 4-year drought previous to last season, it’s looking like the Jazz have a fantastic shot of back-to-back playoff berths. This is one crazy end of season stretches and the Utah Jazz are hanging on to their playoff hopes by the skin of their teeth.

The 99-94 home-loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday was devastating. Just one game is the difference between being tied for the 5th seed with the New Orleans Pelicans and precariously riding the cusp at 8th place.

Right now—as of Wednesday the 21st, the gap between the 3rd seed and standing just outside the door in 9th place is only 6 games. The only teams truly secure in their seeding are the Warriors and Rockets who currently have 57 and 53 wins respectively. Everyone else is neck and neck. The Portland Trail Blazers are 44-27. The OKC Thunder are 43-30. The Pelicans, Spurs, and Timberwolves are all 41-30. The Jazz are 40-31. So … as you can see, this Western Conference battle is the race of all races.

The Jazz need to win as many as possible and we need a little help from those currently above to go on a bit of a slide. I say this because meeting the Houston Rockets in the first round isn’t optimal. The last time we’ve beaten the Rockets was back in early March of 2017. So far this season, the four meetings against Harden and crew have all resulted in double-digit losses.

Hoping for the 6th seed

A first-round showing against the Trail Blazers would be much better for a deeper run. Because of this, I almost feel that at this point, the 6th seed is strategically the best spot for Utah. The Jazz have been able to rip up Rip City and hold an advantage of two out of three so far this season. Conversely, we beat the OKC Thunder in our first regular-season meeting but have dropped the last three in a row against Oklahoma City. And even...
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SALT LAKE CITY — If you stroll past newsstands or places where magazines are sold, you’ll likely notice a familiar face on the cover of a popular basketball one.

Donovan Mitchell continues to keep the Utah Jazz in the national spotlight with his stellar play.

This time, the 21-year-old’s face is stamped on the front of the latest SLAM magazine, which is synonymous for infusing hoops with the hip-hop culture.

https://twitter.com/SLAMonline/status/976478863986495489

Allen Iverson, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have all made famous appearances on the cover over the years. It has been around since 1994.

Mitchell poses on the front in the Jazz’s Nike City Edition uniform.

The slam dunk champion is also profiled by SLAM editor Adam Figman, where’s he described as a ready-made superstar.

He joins Deron Williams as just the second Jazz player to make the cover.

See the story here.

https://twitter.com/SLAMonline/status/976495670193459200

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The Utah Jazz fall to 8th in the Western Conference

Utah’s hot streak began after a loss in Atlanta, so it’s only fitting that it end with a loss against Atlanta. The Hawks’ Dennis Schröder had a career best night while Ricky Rubio had a career worst night on the defensive end. That was all the difference Atlanta needed to shock the resurgent Jazz at home beating them 99-94. Dennis Schöder had 41 points on 16 of 18 shooting with 5 rebounds and 7 assists.

The Jazz played down to Atlanta’s level the entire game. They missed wide open shots and only shot 6 of 34 from three. Every time Utah pulled away they struggled to put the pedal to the metal and put the game out of reach. Every time Atlanta kept crawling back. The Utah Jazz missed Derrick Favors dearly in this game with Schröder beating Rubio to paint every single time. While Gobert normally would make an impact in this game, he was limited by foul trouble missing most of the 3rd quarter then being limited with 5 fouls for most of the 4th.

What’s troubling is Utah had Atlanta in the bonus starting with 9 minutes in the 4th quarter but didn’t challenge Atlanta in the paint for much of that remaining 9 minutes.

Ricky Rubio scored 23 points, but had a +/- of -11 while on the court. He struggled to stay in front of Dennis Schröder for much of the night. Most of the Jazz team did. Schröder enjoyed a paint free of Gobert with Rudy in foul trouble and reluctant to foul out.

Joe Ingles and Donovan Mitchell picked a heck of a game to lose their touch from three. They combined for 2 of 18 from...
Utah Jazz forward/center Derrick Favors (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. What It Means: This looks to be a new injury for Favors, who played almost 25 minutes on Saturday. It's only being listed as left knee soreness, so it doesn't look like he'll miss extended time ...

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Like Rudy Gobert blocking a shot, Quin Snyder stopped a question in its tracks on Saturday night.

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