NBA playoff picture: Clippers fall behind Grizzlies; Lakers, Jazz, Mavericks all win

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Grizzlies edge closer to homecourt advantage and the race for eighth in the West remains tight.

With a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday and a loss by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets, the Memphis Grizzlies moved a half game in front of the Clippers in the Western Conference standings.

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The positioning between the two teams is significant for homecourt advantage purposes because they're currently fourth and fifth respectively in the West, meaning they'd meet in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West also remains competitive. The Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks all won Saturday. Utah and Los Angeles remain tied in the standings and the Mavs are just 1.5 games behind both teams.

Here are the complete Western Conference standings:

WESTERN CONFERENCE W L PCT GB HOME ROAD CONF DIV STREAK L10
1 x-San Antonio 55 17 0.764 - 32-4 23-13 32-13 12-3 W2 7-3
2 x-Oklahoma City 54 20 0.730 2 32-5 22-15 34-13 8-6 W1 7-3
3 x-Denver 50 24 0.676 6 33-3 17-21 32-13 9-5 W1 8-2
4 x-L.A. Clippers 49 25 0.662 7 28-8 21-17 28-17 8-5 L2 5-5
5 x-Memphis 49 24 0.671 29-8 20-16 28-16 7-6 W2 5-5
6 Golden St. 42 32 0.568 14 25-11 17-21 23-21 8-6 W1 7-3
7 Houston 40 33 0.548 15½ 26-11 14-22 20-24 6-9 W1 6-4
8 L.A. Lakers 38 36 0.514 18 23-12 15-24 21-23 7-7 W1 5-5
Utah 38 36 0.514 18 27-9 11-27 21-23 6-5 W4 5-5
Dallas 36 37 0.493 19½ 22-15 14-22 19-24 5-8 W1 6-4
Portland 33 40 0.452 22½ 22-13 11-27 18-25 6-7 L4 4-6
Sacramento 27 47 0.365 29 19-17 8-30 13-31 7-8 L1 5-5
Minnesota 26 46 0.361 29 17-19 9-27 15-31 4-10 L1 4-6
New Orleans 25 48 0.342 30½ 15-23 10-25 14-30 5-9 L2 4-6
Phoenix 23 51 0.311 33 16-22 7-29 15-29 5-9 L6 1-9

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