NBA playoff standings 2014: Suns, Grizzlies hold on to playoff hopes

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The East has eight teams ready for the playoffs, while the final seed in the West is still up for grabs

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns Saturday night and punched their ticket to the Western Conference playoffs. They also punched the Suns out of the playoffs for now, and Phoenix must not only win their remaining games but also need a little extra help from Dallas or the Lakers.

It was a big night for Dallas as they prepare to return to the playoffs following a one-year hiatus. The Mavericks went 7-3 over their final 10 games to earn their way back to the postseason.

Now, five games will decide the fate of the No. 8 seed.

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

Western Wins Losses PCT Games Behind
1. San Antonio 62 18 .775 -
2. Oklahoma City 58 21 .734 3.5
3. LA Clippers 56 24 .700 6
4. Houston 53 27 .663 9
5. Portland 52 28 .650 10
6. Golden State 49 30 .620 12.5
7. Dallas Mavericks 49 32 .605 13.5
8. Memphis Grizzlies 47 32 .595 14.5
9. Phoenix Suns 47 32 .595 14.5

Eastern Conference

The New York Knicks had their playoff hopes put to sleep by the Atlanta Hawks, and the Eastern Conference has their eight playoff teams lined up. The Hawks victory over Miami locked in the team for playoff action, extending their postseason streak to seven seasons. That's the longest active streak in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat lost control of their playoff destiny and No. 1 seed in the loss. The Pacers are back at the top and can earn home court advantage if they win out to close the season. The top seed has not been decided, but if it ended today, Indiana would lay claim to the crown out East. Here are the remaining games for Indiana and Miami.

Goodnight Sweet Knicks

Sunday, April 13

Pacers vs. Thunder - ABC; 1 p.m. ET

Monday, April 14

Heat vs. Wizards - League Pass; 7 p.m. ET

Wednesday, April 16

Pacers vs. Magic - League Pass; 7 p.m. ET

76ers vs. Heat - League Pass; 8 p.m. ET

Eastern Wins Losses PCT Games Behind
1. Indiana 54 26 .675 -
2. Miami 54 26 .675 -
3. Chicago 47 32 .595 6.5
4. Toronto 46 33 .582 7.5
5. Brooklyn 43 36 .544 10.5
6. Washington 42 38 .525 12
7. Charlotte 41 39 .513 13
8. Atlanta 37 43 .463 17

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