The Home Stretch: Will the Jazz Catch the Lakers?

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79 games down. Three to go.

With the regular season quickly coming to an end, the Jazz (41-38) and Lakers (42-37) are going down to the wire in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

As the Jazz head into the final three games, it seems the only way into the playoffs is winning out. Two (home and home) very winnable games against Minnesota and a match-up against the playoff-bound Memphis Grizzlies is how the Jazz will round out their season. If the Jazz can manage to tie things up with the Lakers they will have the tiebreaker, after going 2-1 against them this season.

Kobe Bryant is truly turning into his self-proclaimed nickname on Twitter that references Vino Wine. He’s getting better with age. After another stellar performance last night in which he scored 47 points against the Portland Trailblazers, Kobe and the Lakers are now one full game ahead of the  Jazz.

The Lakers play three playoff teams in their final games; however, they are all at home in the Staples Center. Kobe has played all but seven minutes in the last two games and it’s possible the fatigue may catch up to him during this final run towards the eighth seed. At this point though, it doesn’t seem like anything is slowing down the Mamba.

Bottom line is this…if the Jazz win out and the Lakers lose one of their final three then the Jazz are in.

Get your popcorn ready!

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