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The Utah Jazz remain the hottest team in the Western Conference, winning their fifth game in a row.
The Jazz beat the Hornets 111-102 on Monday night. Kemba Walker had a huge game in a losing effort, leading all scorers, dropping 47 points on 15-28 shooting. Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz in scoring with 25 points, but Rudy Gobert was the difference-maker. The big man went off against the Hornets, scoring 18 points and collecting 18 rebounds in the big win.
The Jazz are hitting their peak at the perfect time. The Western Conference is heating up, but Utah has been able to survive the pressure, and has put together a great run as the regular season is coming to an end. Utah is riding a five game winning streak, and has three more winnable games on the schedule, with the Suns, Kings, and LA Lakers up next.
Utah’s winning streak has allowed them to maneuver up the standings in the Western Conference. With a 9-1 record in their last 10 games, the Jazz have climbed to the fifth position in the West, and have an outside shot of sneaking into third place with the right results from Portland and Houston.
With some of the league’s best defense, the Utah Jazz are a team to watch out for in the postseason. Utah is allowing just 106.1 points per game this season, representing the best defense in the Western Conference. With a strong home record and a deep squad depth, the Jazz are a darkhorse to make a run in the west, especially considering their current form. As it stands, the Jazz would match up with the Rockets in the first round, but with five games left to play, things are likely to change with matchups in the wild Western Conference.