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Daily NBA standings update: Who might the Utah Jazz face in the playoffs?

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Quin Snyder speaks with his Utah Jazz team in an NBA game against the Chicago Bulls.

Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder talks with the team during a timeout in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 2, 2021. The Jazz defeated the Chicago Bulls 113-106.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The NBA regular season is down to its final two days, and many are starting to turn their attention to the playoffs.

That means eyeing the standings as teams jockey for position and fans try to target the teams they want their favorite squad to either get matched up against or avoid.

With one game remaining, the Utah Jazz sit atop the Western Conference, as they lead the second-place Phoenix Suns by one game.

As the Jazz jockey for position in the West, it’s worth paying attention to the races for the bottom seeds to see who Utah could play in the first round. Here’s a look at the Western Conference playoff race, including the ninth and 10th-place teams, as they will participate in the play-in tournament with the seventh and eighth-place teams after the regular season to determine seeding.

This will be updated daily through the remainder of the regular season.

Western Conference playoff race through May 15

  1. Utah Jazz
  2. Phoenix Suns — 1 game back
  3. Denver Nuggets — 4 games back
  4. LA Clippers — 4 games back
  5. Dallas Mavericks — 9 games back
  6. Portland Trail Blazers — 10 games back
  7. Los Angeles Lakers — 10 games back
  8. Golden State Warriors — 13 games back
  9. Memphis Grizzlies — 13 games back
  10. San Antonio Spurs — 18 games back

*Note on play-in tournament: Started last year in the NBA’s Orlando bubble, the play-in tournament will take place May 18-21. As outlined by the NBA, the seventh-place team in each conference will host the eighth-place team for a game, with the winner earning the 7 seed. The ninth-place team will host the 10th-place team, and the loser of the 7-8 matchup will host the winner of the 9-10 game to determine the 8 seed.