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NBA Western Conference Expectations

Published by on April 19, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Utah Jazz

A year after losing to the Lakers in six games, Utah was expected to fight for the 2 or 3 seed to avoid meeting the Lakers till the conference finals at least this year. Unfortunately, that's not how things have played out.

With several injuries, the Jazz have fallen off a cliff after the All-Star break and barely made the playoffs with the No. 8 seed. They now meet a Lakers team that has only one goal in mind, the Championship.

Utah is expected to be nothing more than a speed bump for the Lakers, but the Jazz play very hard on their home floor, and taking last year's series to six games should give them some hope of prolonging the series this time, too.


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