Jazz 2016-17 Schedule: Top Games, Championship Odds and Record Predictions

August 11th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

The Utah Jazz didn't quite match what many expected them to do in 2015-16, but the team is well positioned to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2012.

The NBA released the Jazz's schedule for the 2016-17 season Thursday.

It's not a stretch to say the Jazz qualify for the playoffs last year if Rudy Gobert stays healthy for the entire year. The Frenchman missed 21 games, and during an 18-game stretch between December and January without Gobert, Utah went 7-11.

The Jazz finished the year 40-42, a game behind the Houston Rockets for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Not only should the team be better with the continued improvement of Gobert, Rodney Hood, Dante Exum and Trey Lyles, the arrival of George Hill gives Utah the veteran point guard it sorely lacked last year.

A top-eight seed in the Western Conference should be the Jazz's minimum goal, and they may even be able to secure home-court advantage in the first round if everything breaks right.

Below is a look at some of the more intriguing matchups ahead for Utah and a prediction for how ...

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