The problem for the Jazz is the ease at which the Clippers finish their season. With plenty of winnable games, a strong finish is in order and with it, the fourth seed and home-court advantage.
The Clippers play just five more games against teams with a record better than .500 and only one of them is on the road.
Comparatively, the Jazz play nine games against teams better than .500, six of them on the road.
Given the recent history and struggles the Jazz have had matching up with the Clippers, home-court advantage could end up being the difference. With the return of playoff basketball to Utah on the horizon, the fans are anticipating it begins at home.
Playoffs were a must for 2016-17 and that box has now all but been checked off. In doing that, Jazz fans now have a newfound expectation of reaching the second round. The playoffs start now in Utah, with the quest for the fourth seed being just the start.