The NBA schedule for Thursday features three games, and all of them will carry playoff implications. The Chicago Bulls hold the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference, and they will open the TNT double-header in a game against the No. 4 seed Brooklyn Nets. The No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder will then host the No. 1 seed San Antonio Spurs in the second game on TNT as the two best teams in the Western Conference clash.
The Thunder were idle on Wednesday, while the Spurs picked up a win to move one-and-a-half games ahead of OKC for the top overall seed in the West. A win for Oklahoma City would bring them within a half-game of the No. 1 seed. A loss would essentially lock them into the No. 2 spot.
San Antonio won two of the first three head-to-head matchups, so another win on Thursday would clinch the tiebreaker over OKC. A win by the Thunder would push things to the secondary tiebreaker, and interestingly enough Oklahoma City owns a better conference record. This is the last chance for Kevin Durant and company to make a play for the top spot in the West. It should make for very compelling viewing in the late game.
Schedule For Thursday
Bulls vs. Nets, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Spurs vs. Thunder, 9:30 p.m., TNT