NBA standings: Dallas, Phoenix and Memphis all battling for last playoff spot

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sport

There's little room for error in the playoff hunt. Let's look at the standings.

The bottom of the Western Conference playoff standings is a bloodbath. Memphis, Dallas and Phoenix are all fighting for the last two seeds and all three will play each other in the final week. Whoever made the schedule obviously knew something that the general public didn't.

Either way, this final week is basically a series of playoff games for those three teams. Dallas is currently the seventh seed, Memphis is the eighth. The Mavericks are just a half game up on the Suns and Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies hold the same record as the ninth place Suns, but Memphis owns the tiebreaker. So it's a tight race, to say the least. And this is the schedule coming down the stretch.

Saturday, April 12

Suns vs Mavericks — NBA TV; 8:30 p.m. ET

Sunday, April 13

Grizzlies vs Lakers — NBA TV; 9:30 p.m. ET

Monday, April 14

Grizzlies vs Suns — League Pass; 10 p.m. ET

Wednesday, April 16

Mavericks vs Grizzlies — ESPN; 8 p.m. ET

Suns vs Kings — League Pass; 10:30 p.m. ET

You thought your life was stressful! Here's a full look at the Western Conference standings:

San Antonio1w 62 18 0.775 0.0 38-12 12-3 32-8 30-10 8-2 W 2
Oklahoma City2nw 58 21 0.734 3.5 36-15 11-5 33-7 25-14 7-3 W 3
L.A. Clippers3p 55 24 0.696 6.5 34-15 11-4 32-7 23-17 7-3 L 1
Houston4x 52 27 0.658 9.5 29-20 9-4 31-8 21-19 5-5 L 2
Portland5x 52 28 0.650 10.0 29-21 13-3 29-10 23-18 7-3 W 3
Golden State6x 49 30 0.620 12.5 29-20 11-5 26-14 23-16 6-4 W 1
Dallas7 48 32 0.600 14.0 28-22 9-6 25-15 23-17 6-4 L 1
Memphis8 47 32 0.595 14.5 26-23 3-12 26-14 21-18 6-4 W 2
Phoenix 47 32 0.595 14.5 27-22 7-8 26-14 21-18 7-3 L 1
Minnesotao 40 39 0.506 21.5 23-26 7-8 24-16 16-23 6-4 W 1
Denvero 35 44 0.443 26.5 19-30 4-11 21-18 14-26 4-6 W 2
New Orleanso 32 47 0.405 29.5 13-36 3-11 20-19 12-28 3-7 L 7
Sacramentoo 27 52 0.342 34.5 14-35 3-11 16-23 11-29 3-7 L 4
L.A. Lakerso 25 54 0.316 36.5 13-36 6-10 14-26 11-28 2-8 L 6
Utaho 24 55 0.304 37.5 12-37 3-11 16-24 8-31 2-8 L 3

Eastern Conference

The Knicks, somehow, aren't fully eliminated from the playoffs. They are two games back from the Hawks and still have a sliver of hope. They must, however, win all three of their remaining games and hope that Atlanta loses its last three.

Atlanta's final three games are against the Heat, Bobcats and Bucks. The Heat game is likely a loss, and Charlotte is the better team between the two, but the Hawks should beat the Bucks. We'll emphasize should because it's the East and the Hawks have been wildly inconsistent this season.

New York's final three games are much more difficult. It plays the Bulls, Nets and Raptors, three teams near the top half of the conference. Losing any of those three games officially eliminates the Knicks from the postseason.

Here's the full standings in the East:

Miami1se 54 25 0.684 0.0 34-15 12-2 32-8 22-17 6-4 W 1
Indiana2c 54 26 0.675 0.5 37-14 12-4 34-6 20-20 3-7 L 1
Chicago3x 47 32 0.595 7.0 34-15 11-5 26-14 21-18 9-1 W 7
Toronto4a 46 33 0.582 8.0 30-19 11-4 25-15 21-18 7-3 L 1
Brooklyn5x 43 36 0.544 11.0 25-24 9-6 27-12 16-24 6-4 L 2
Washington6x 41 38 0.519 13.0 30-19 9-6 20-19 21-19 5-5 W 1
Charlotte7x 40 39 0.506 14.0 27-22 5-10 23-16 17-23 7-3 L 1
Atlanta8 36 43 0.456 18.0 26-23 7-7 23-16 13-27 5-5 W 2
New York 34 45 0.430 20.0 23-26 8-6 17-22 17-23 5-5 W 1
Clevelando 32 48 0.400 22.5 20-30 7-9 18-21 14-27 6-4 L 1
Detroito 29 51 0.363 25.5 23-28 6-10 17-23 12-28 3-7 L 2
Bostono 24 55 0.304 30.0 20-29 5-10 16-24 8-31 1-9 W 1
Orlandoo 23 56 0.291 31.0 17-32 4-12 19-21 4-35 4-6 L 1
Philadelphiao 17 62 0.215 37.0 12-37 4-11 9-31 8-31 2-8 L 3
Milwaukeeo 15 64 0.190 39.0 12-37 4-12 10-30 5-34 2-8 W 1

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