How the Utah Jazz Play in Homestand Will Make or Break Their Season

November 18th, 2009 by Mark Welling Leave a reply »

The phrase “do or die” is too often attached to games early in the NBA season.  Yet, for the Utah Jazz the upcoming homestand will really decide just how far they will go this season. 

The Western Conference is too good this year for a mediocre team to slip into the playoffs. 

Last season, the Utah Jazz were an eight seed and they went 33-8 at home.  Already this season the Jazz have dropped two games at home.  Both losses coming against teams the Jazz needed to beat at home in order to compete in the Western Conference. 

The Jazz will play the next 11 of their next 14 games at home.  If the Jazz continue to play .500 level basketball, then the season is basically over.  Just to return to the level of last season, an eighth seed, the Jazz will have to be near perfect at home, during the long homestand, to make-up for early season slip-ups. 

After a run of home games, the Jazz will hit the road, for their pre-Christmas road trip, and play seven of their next eight games on the road—a place the Jazz haven’t figured ...

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