The Utah Jazz have maintained the top spot in the Western Conference despite losing four of their last six games. Today, we take a look at the current Western Conference standings and the movement that could occur in the week ahead.
*The Western Conference standings as of Monday, March 15
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The Clippers, Jazz, Suns, and Lakers had created separation from the rest of the Western Conference, but the gap has decreased over the last few weeks. For Jazz fans, the best-case scenario is for the Lakers and Clippers to win the #2 and #3 seeds for a battle in the second round.
Let's take a look at the upcoming schedule (Monday-Sunday) for the Jazz, Clippers, Suns and Lakers, and how that could impact the standings.
Utah Jazz - @ Celtics, @ Wizards, @ Raptors,
The Jazz are in the middle of another road trip. The Jazz should be able to maintain a comfortable lead in the standings if they can win 2/3.
LA Lakers - @ Warriors, vs Timberwolves, vs Hornets, vs Hawks, @ Suns
All eyes will be on the Suns-Lakers on Sunday. That game is very important for standings. Also, five games in seven days for the Lakers is another storyline to follow this week.
LA Clippers - @ Mavericks, @ Mavericks, vs Hornets
The Clippers face a few road tests before the All-Star break. They could drop to the #4 seed if they slip up this week.
Phoenix Suns - vs Grizzlies, vs Timberwolves, vs Timberwolves, vs Lakers
The Suns play three very winnable games this week. They could sneak into the top spot with an undefeated week and a handful of Jazz losses this week.