NBA playoff picture: Lakers take No. 8 spot in West over Jazz


With their win over the Bulls on Sunday, the Lakers now hold a half-game lead over the Jazz for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.

The Los Angeles Lakers took over sole possession of the eighth seed in the Western Conference thanks to their 90-81 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

The Lakers now sit at 33-31, one-half game ahead of the Utah Jazz, who have lost four games in a row. The road ahead for the Jazz is not getting any easier, with five of the next six games coming against teams currently in the playoff picture.

Los Angeles is also just one game behind the Houston Rockets and two behind the Golden State Warriors, so there's still a very good shot at grabbing the sixth seed in the West. If they reached that No. 6 spot, the Lakers could be staring at a first-round matchup against the crosstown rival Clippers. The Clippers are currently one game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies for the third seed.

At the top of the conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder have pulled to within one game of the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder will have a chance to catch the Spurs when the two teams meet on Monday night in San Antonio.

Here are the full West standings:

Western Standings

San Antonio Spurs 63 48-15 .762
Oklahoma City Thunder 63 47-16 .746
Los Angeles Clippers 65 45-20 .692
Memphis Grizzlies 61 42-19 .689
Denver Nuggets 64 42-22 .656
Golden State Warriors 64 35-29 .547
Houston Rockets 64 34-30 .531
Los Angeles Lakers 64 33-31 .516
Utah Jazz 63 32-31 .508
Dallas Mavericks 62 29-33 .468
Portland Trail Blazers 62 29-33 .468
Minnesota Timberwolves 60 21-39 .350
Phoenix Suns 63 22-41 .349
New Orleans Hornets 64 22-42 .344
Sacramento Kings 65 22-43 .338

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