The Utah Jazz maintained the top spot in the Western Conference last week thanks to convincing victories over the Pacers, the Bucks, and the Heat. 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, February 22
5. Trail Blazers
The Clippers, Jazz, and Lakers have already created separation from the rest of the Western Conference. The Suns are an interesting team to watch throughout the next few weeks - they been climbing up the standings over the past few weeks.
Let's take a look at the upcoming schedule (Monday-Sunday) for the Jazz, Clippers, and Lakers, and how that could impact the standings.
Utah Jazz - vs Hornets, vs Lakers, @ Heat, @ Magic
All eyes will be on the Lakers and the Jazz when they travel to Salt Lake on Wednesday. That game is extremely important in terms of the Western Conference Standings and an eventual tie breaker later in the season, if necessary.
LA Lakers - vs Wizards, @ Jazz, vs Trail Blazers, vs Warriors
The Lakers are set to face three playoff teams this week. If either the Blazers or the Warriors can pull of an upset, it will give the Jazz some wiggle room in the standings.
LA Clippers - vs Wizards, @ Grizzles, @ Grizzles, @ Bucks
The Clippers kick off a road trip this week that will eventually have a major impact on the standings.