We all love watching the NBA for multiple reasons: great teams, unpredictable results, and the excitement of fans. We sometimes see the same teams dominate, like the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. However, sometimes teams surprise us and come out of nowhere when we least expect them to. That is part of what makes the game as great as it is to witness.
The Utah Jazz are a prime example of a team that has come out of nowhere lately and could definitely make a playoff run if they keep up their performance. They have been hanging in 10th place in the Western Conference, and currently, have a record of 30-28.
Everybody seemed to forget about them because they were not doing anything of major substance. However, it appears as if a lightbulb went off in the heads of every member of this organization in the last few weeks. The Jazz are currently on an eleven-game winning streak. They have not lost a game since January 22nd. This week, they made a major leap in the NBA Power Rankings, as they have suddenly become a team to look out for as the last part of the regular season approaches.
Two key players that have contributed to this team’s incredible run are Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Mitchell has been a star on the offensive side of the court, as he leads the team in points with an average of 19.6 per game. He also averages 3.5 assists per game. His aggressiveness and speed offensively have been nothing less than a treat for Utah during this crazy season. Rudy Gobert is a defensive star, as he leads the team in rebounds, averaging 10.1 per game. He also averages 2.3 blocks per game, which is the most of any other player on the team. We have really started to see this duo come together in the paint in the last month.
According to experts, the Utah Jazz have a 71.6% chance of making the playoffs this year and are predicted to end their regular season with a record of 44-38. These numbers are significantly higher than they have been all season! This winning streak has caused people to focus more on Utah’s strengths, and many people now have them on their radar when they think about potential playoff teams. The Jazz has shown us that very unpredictable things can happen in an NBA basketball season. It will be exciting to see what they can do as the season starts to wrap up!
Don’t miss tipoff between the Utah Jazz and the Portland Trail Blazers this Friday, February 23rd, at 9:00 pm ET. This is a game you will definitely not want to miss!