The Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs have each clinched the top seed in the conferences heading into the 2011 NBA Playoffs. But that doesn't mean it's time for rest in the closing days of the regular season. The Bulls and Spurs are now pushing each other for the top record in the league, with home court advantage in the NBA Finals potentially on the line.
No matter the matchup, home court advantage in the Finals is awarded to the team with the best record. The Bulls are already guaranteed to have a better record than any West team but the Spurs; the opposite is true for San Antonio -- Chicago is the only team the Spurs could fall behind at this point. The Spurs picked up win No. 61 over the weekend, and the Bulls earned No. 60 on Sunday. Each team has two games remaining; the Bulls face the Knicks Tuesday and Nets Wednesday, and the Spurs draw the Lakers Tuesday and Suns Wednesday. The Bulls need to make up a game, meaning Chicago will be rooting for L.A.
If the Bulls and Spurs end up tied with 61 or 62 wins, the first tiebreaker is the team's records against the opposite conference. But Chicago and S.A. happen to be tied there, so it'd come down to a random draw.