NBA playoff standings 2014: Phoenix holds key out West

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns are battling for one of the final spots in the Western Conference playoffs and have the opportunity to control their own destiny.

With Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks falling 109-100 to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, the Phoenix Suns now hold the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, .003 percentage points ahead of Dallas and a full game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies. The Suns are a game up in the loss column on both teams and control their own destiny out West, playing Dallas and Memphis on Saturday and the following Monday, respectively. The Mavs close out their season on the road in Memphis.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors lost to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. The Warriors allowed Kenneth Faried to hit a game-winning shot with 0.5 seconds left on the clock, losing the game by a point and keeping them from getting any closer to clinching a playoff spot. They now have just a one-game lead on the Suns and Mavericks.

Western Conference Playoff Standings

Western Wins Losses PCT Games behind
1. San Antonio Spurs 61 18 0.772 ---
2. Oklahoma City Thunder 57 21 0.731
3. L.A. Clippers 55 24 0.696 6
4. Houston Rockets 52 26 0.667
5. Portland Trail Blazers 51 28 0.646 10
6. Golden State Warriors 48 30 0.615 12½
7. Phoenix Suns 47 31 0.603 13½
8. Dallas Mavericks 48 32 0.600 13½
9. Memphis Grizzlies 46 32 0.590 14½


Things have leveled off in the East, with games in the last six days set to determine playoff seeding and not much more. Unless the Atlanta Hawks suffer a catastrophic breakdown and the Knicks find a way to beat the Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors twice, it looks as though the race for the final playoff spot is settled.

On Friday, all 15 Eastern Conference teams play so there should be at least some kind of stratification going into the weekend. The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers square off in Florida, a hopeful foray into the never-ending saga that has seen both teams try and lose their way out of first place. Meanwhile, Atlanta and Brooklyn go head-to-head in the only other matchup between two East playoff teams.

Eastern Conference Playoff Standings

Eastern Wins Losses PCT Games behind
1. Indiana Pacers 54 25 0.684 ---
2. Miami Heat 53 25 0.679 ½
3. Toronto Raptors 46 32 0.590
4. Chicago Bulls 46 32 0.590
5. Brooklyn Nets 43 35 0.551 10½
6. Charlotte Bobcats 40 38 0.513 13½
7. Washington Wizards 40 38 0.513 13½
8. Atlanta Hawks 35 43 0.449 18½
9. New York Knicks 33 45 0.423 20½

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