(AP) — The Utah Jazz have fallen out of eighth place in the Western Conference following a disappointing road trip.
Now they’re hoping to regain a share of the final playoff spot in their return to Salt Lake City.
The Jazz will try to snap a four-game losing streak and beat the sinking Detroit Pistons for the 10th straight time at home on Monday night.
With Utah (32-31) mired in its longest losing streak of the season, the surging Los Angeles Lakers took a half-game lead in the conference standings with their win over Chicago on Sunday.
The Jazz, meanwhile, are on the verge of falling to .500 after losing all four games on their road swing and seven of eight overall. They lost their first three on the trip by a total of five points before getting routed 113-84 at New York on Saturday.
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