If the NBA Playoffs started today ... the Los Angeles Lakers still wouldn't be in them. But they're getting closer.
After the Utah Jazz lost to the New York Knicks on Saturday, the Lakers and Jazz are now tied with identical 32-31 records for eighth place in the Western Conference. The Jazz would still be in the playoffs if their records stay tied until the season ends, though, because the Jazz have won two of three games against the Lakers head-to-head, giving them the tiebreaker.
The Jazz are idle on Sunday while the Lakers host the Chicago Bulls at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Utah plays 11 of its final 19 games at home this season. The Jazz face 10 teams in that stretch with .500 or better records. The Lakers play nine of their final 19 at home and also face 10 teams that are currently better than .500.
|San Antonio Spurs||63||48-15||.762|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||62||46-16||.742|
|Los Angeles Clippers||64||44-20||.688|
|Golden State Warriors||64||35-29||.547|
|Los Angeles Lakers||63||32-31||.508|
|Portland Trail Blazers||61||29-32||.475|
|New Orleans Hornets||63||21-42||.333|