The Lakers sit at 30-30, 2½ games behind both the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets. The Jazz technically hold the seventh-seed, as they are a single percentage point ahead of the Rockets in the standings. The Golden State Warriors are just a half-game ahead of Utah and Houston in the sixth spot. The Warriors and Jazz both play on Monday.
Looking at the top of the West, the San Antonio Spurs hold a comfortable three-game lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Both teams were victorious on Sunday, and the Thunder's victory over the Clippers gave them a 1½-game cushion over Los Angeles for the second spot.
The Denver Nuggets will look to pull closer to the No. 4 Memphis Grizzlies when they take on the road-weary Atlanta Hawks Monday night. The Nuggets sit at 38-22 and are two games behind the Grizzlies, who have won nine of their last 10 games.
Here are the full West standings:
|San Antonio Spurs||61||47-14||.770|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||59||43-16||.729|
|Los Angeles Clippers||62||43-19||.694|
|Golden State Warriors||60||33-27||.550|
|Los Angeles Lakers||60||30-30||.500|
|Portland Trail Blazers||58||27-31||.466|
|New Orleans Hornets||60||21-39||.350|
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