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8. Utah Jazz

Even though the Utah Jazz is technically one of the best teams in the league and currently one of the top 4 teams in the Western Conference, I feel like this is a team that is hanging on by a thread and that one more early playoff loss could force the team to tear their build down.

There are already whispers growing that there is some level of discontentment with Donovan Mitchell and he’s done little to quiet down those echos. There’s a very real chance that this duo has already hit its peak and it might end up being far lower than many anticipated.

On paper, the Jazz is a really good and deep team. But with everything that’s currently surrounding this team, there’s no way I’m trusting their process into the postseason.