After a highly productive Sunday, the Jazz again have positioned themselves to make the Western Conference playoffs.

But they’re not there yet.

The Jazz’s victory at Golden State, coupled with the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Clippers, restored a half-game lead for the Jazz (41-37) over the Lakers (40-37) for the No. 8 spot in the West, and the Jazz own the tiebreaker. The question of the day is whether two more wins — specifically, a home-and-home sweep of Minnesota — would be sufficient for the Jazz.

I doubt it. In that case, the Lakers would overtake them by winning four of their five remaining games: vs. New Orleans, at Portland, vs. Golden State, vs. San Antonio and vs. Houston. Playing mostly at home against opponents with varying degrees of motivation, the Lakers have a decent chance of getting four more wins.

That would mean the Jazz need to do something extraordinary, such as beating Oklahoma City at home Tuesday or winning at Memphis next week, to hold off the Lakers.

The sad thing is that the Jazz are even in this precarious position with four games left. In recent wins at Portland and Golden State, they’ve finally shown the ability to maintain their poise in the fourth quarter and finish games, which they were unable to do on the road for most of the season. They almost blew an 11-point lead Sunday before steadying themselves.