The Utah Jazz clinched their third straight playoff berth Thursday even though they did not play.
Utah will be searching for its first NBA Finals appearance since 1998, when the Jazz lost their second straight championship series to the Chicago Bulls.
Utah will have a tough road ahead to make it back to the championship round.
The Golden State Warriors are the clear favorites with a near-invincible starting lineup featuring five players who have made a combined 28 All-Star Games.
The rest of the West will still be tough to traverse.
Of note, the Denver Nuggets are one of the most improved and balanced teams in the league, led by All-Star center Nikola Jokic.
But the Jazz could be a thorn in all of their sides thanks to the dynamic duo of center Rudy Gobert and guard Donovan Mitchell.
Mitchell is averaging 23.3 points on 42.8 percent shooting to lead the team. He scored 28.5 points per game against the Thunder in six first-round games last season.
Utah won that series before losing to the Rockets in five second-round games. The Jazz will look to take the next step when the playoffs begin on April 13.