I will do more research on this but I broke down the Jazz opponents into three categories, title contenders (5 in the west 3 in the east), playoff contenders (playoff teams plus Dallas) and lottery teams.
This season the Jazz did the following
Against Title Contenders – 6-19
Against Playoff Contenders – 10-13
Against Lottery teams – 27-7
This is probably exactly what they should have been. If they could have flipped the 10-13 to 13-10 they would have been in the playoffs. The below .500 records against similar teams is the difference between making the playoffs and missing.
What I am really interested in is what our offensive rating was against these three level of opponents and I will work on that in the near future.