A six-game winning streak still hasn't left the Utah Jazz much room for error in the crowded Western Conference.
The Atlanta Hawks' win streak is more modest, but their playoff future seems far more certain.
Fatigue could play a big role as the Jazz and Hawks both conclude back-to-back-to-back stretches Sunday night at Philips Arena.
Utah (26-22) has been among the league's hottest teams, winning seven of eight and six in a row, including a 121-102 victory over Denver on Friday. That surge has moved the Jazz into the thick of the playoff race. They are one of six teams separated by 1 1/2 games fighting for the final five playoff spots.
Balanced scoring has been key for Utah, which has had six players score in double figures in four of the wins during the current streak. The Jazz have averaged 105.7 points in that stretch.
"There are no super stars on this team so we're going to have to play together night in and night out for us to try and have some success...