The NBA regular season is winding down with under a week to go before the playoffs begin. Many teams are just playing out the string at this point, but there are still some games that hold meaning for the playoff picture. One such game is Monday night's contest between the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors
The Spurs still have an outside shot of obtaining the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, but the Oklahoma City Thunder could squash all hope of that with a win over the Sacramento Kings. San Antonio will likely know the outcome of that game around the time they take the court, so that could influence lineup decisions, especially considering they are on the second of a back-to-back.
The Warriors are still fighting for seeding as well, as they are currently tied with the Houston Rockets for the No. 6 seed. The Rockets do hold the tiebreaker, and they will be facing the Phoenix Suns on Monday. Both Golden State and Houston must be wary of the Los Angeles Lakers, who could still wind up jumping over both teams.
There are several other games with playoff seeding implications. The Brooklyn Nets will try and stay alive for the No. 3 seed in the East when they host the Washington Wizards. The Utah Jazz are in a must-win situation against the Minnesota Timberwolves to have a chance at grabbing the No.8 seed in the West.
Finally, the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies both have key games, with the Nuggets visiting the Milwaukee Bucks and the Grizzlies traveling to Dallas to take on the Mavericks. The Nuggets currently hold a one-game lead over the Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 3 seed in the West.
Here's the full Monday schedule via SI.com (all times Eastern):
Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m.
Sacramento Kings at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m.
Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m.
Memphis Grizzlies at Dallas Mavericks, 8 p.m.
Denver Nuggets at Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m.
Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns, 10 p.m.
San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m.