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Previous Rank: 10

Record: 30-19

Net Rating: +6.6

The free fall continues for the Utah Jazz. After losing to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, they've now dropped three straight and nine of their last 11.

And their next six games include two road contests against the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves, followed by four at home against the Denver Nuggets, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors. If Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell remain out much longer, the Jazz might suddenly find themselves flirting with the play-in tournament.

Of course, fans can take solace in the fact that Utah is still plus-16.0 points per 100 possessions (99th percentile) when Gobert, Mitchell and Mike Conley are all on the floor, but it still feels like something is missing.

If that ingredient is a little more perimeter defense, the front office may need to explore moving reigning Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson at the deadline. Replacing him with a more reliable defender could go a long way toward relieving Gobert of some of the pressure he faces around the rim.

Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2952775-br-nba-power-rankings-where-all-30-teams-rank-as-trade-deadline-looms

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