NBA standings: Lakers creeping back into West playoff picture

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers have gotten themselves back in the Western Conference playoff picture with three-straight wins. Over in the Eastern Conference, there's a logjam behind the Heat.

After winning their third-straight game on Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers moved to 28-29 and are just 2 1/2 games behind the Houston Rockets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Lakers will have a chance to move to just two games back when they face the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

The Golden State Warriors have righted the ship of late, winning three-straight games and holding onto the sixth seed, two games ahead of the Utah Jazz and one and a half games behind the Denver Nuggets for the fifth spot. The San Antonio Spurs have a stranglehold on the West with a three-game lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Here are the full West standings:

Western Standings

San Antonio Spurs 58 45-13 .776
Oklahoma City Thunder 56 41-15 .732
Los Angeles Clippers 58 40-18 .690
Memphis Grizzlies 55 37-18 .673
Denver Nuggets 57 35-22 .614
Golden State Warriors 56 33-23 .589
Utah Jazz 56 31-25 .554
Houston Rockets 58 31-27 .534
Los Angeles Lakers 57 28-29 .491
Portland Trail Blazers 56 26-30 .464
Dallas Mavericks 55 25-30 .455
Minnesota Timberwolves 53 20-33 .377
New Orleans Hornets 57 20-37 .351
Sacramento Kings 57 19-38 .333
Phoenix Suns 57 18-39 .316

Over in the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat are running away with things, increasing their lead to six games after their 11th-straight victory on Sunday. However, there's a bit of a logjam for seeds two through six, with only three games separating the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls.

At the back end of the East playoff picture, the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks are currently not in much trouble of losing their spots. However, they do need to keep an eye out for the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors are four games behind the Bucks, but charging hard since the Rudy Gay deal.

Here are the full East standings:

Eastern Standings

Miami Heat 54 40-14 .741
Indiana Pacers 56 35-21 .625
New York Knicks 53 33-20 .623
Brooklyn Nets 57 33-24 .579
Atlanta Hawks 54 31-23 .574
Chicago Bulls 56 32-24 .571
Boston Celtics 56 29-27 .518
Milwaukee Bucks 54 26-28 .481
Toronto Raptors 56 23-33 .411
Philadelphia 76ers 54 22-32 .407
Detroit Pistons 58 22-36 .379
Cleveland Cavaliers 56 18-38 .321
Washington Wizards 54 17-37 .315
Orlando Magic 56 15-41 .268
Charlotte Bobcats 56 13-43 .232

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