The Utah Jazz reclaimed sole possession of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference thanks to their road victory over the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers' loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Jazz currently hold a half game lead over the Lakers for that eighth and final playoff spot.
Utah has four games left, with two coming against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the other two against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers have five games left, with four of those coming at home and three of those against West playoff teams that may rest players (Warriors, Spurs, Rockets). The other two games are against the New Orleans Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers. However, the Jazz do hold the tiebreaker.
At the top of the conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder fell one game behind the San Antonio Spurs with a loss to the New York Knicks. The Clippers hold the No. 4 seed, but the fifth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies are one game better and own homecourt advantage.
Here are the full West standings:
|San Antonio Spurs||77||57-20||.740|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||77||56-21||.727|
|Los Angeles Clippers||77||51-26||.662|
|Golden State Warriors||77||44-33||.571|
|Los Angeles Lakers||77||40-37||.519|
|Portland Trail Blazers||77||33-44||.429|
|New Orleans Hornets||77||27-50||.351|
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