2014 NBA schedule: Mavericks and Grizzlies highlight final day of regular season


The Western Conference will decide who gets the Nos. 7 and 8 seeds on Wednesday night.

Wednesday is the regular season finale in the NBA, with several teams saving the best for last. Memphis and Dallas are the two teams to watch, fighting over the last piece of pie in the Western Conference. The battle for the No. 7 seed will take place on the final day of regular play. What a way to end a satisfying meal of an NBA season.

Appetizer: Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats

7 p.m. ET (League Pass)

Chicago is fighting to steal the third spot in the East away from the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. The Bulls haven't lost a game to Charlotte all season (3-0) and are 8-2 over their last 10 games. Joakim Noah has been a double-double machine, and the typically-staunch Tom Thibodeau defense has been on point.

In order to vault the Raptors for the No. 3 seed, Toronto will have to drop a game at Madison Square Garden that same night. Charlotte hasn't had good luck against Chicago this year, but have considerable momentum as they close out the season. They've won eight of their last 10 games and their own defensive strategy has played a considerable part. Look for the battle between Noah and Al Jefferson to be the deciding factor in Charlotte.

Main Course: Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies

8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Dallas has done a great job getting to where they are at today. After fighting through the scrum at the bottom of the Western Conference, they've clinched a playoff spot. They just don't know which one. With the Suns eliminated from contention on Monday night, it has come down to the final day of the regular season for the Mavericks as they try for the No. 7 seed. Dallas will end up playing either San Antonio, Los Angeles or Oklahoma City in the first round. They've fared the best against the Thunder, but to even get that chance they'll need to beat Memphis on Wednesday.

That's going to be a tough challenge considering how good the Grizzlies have looked lately. They played the Suns tough on Monday night in a playoff atmosphere game, squeezing out a win down the stretch for the opportunity to play in the postseason. They've allowed an opponent to score 100 points just once since Mar. 3, and their dominance on the glass has been phenomenal. Marc Gasol is averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game over the last 10 games. It's safe to say he's healthy and ready for a run through the playoffs.

Dessert: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

The Clippers are fighting for the No. 2 spot in the West, but will have to go through the Rose City to do it. After beating the Nuggets on Tuesday, Los Angeles travel north to pry the second seed away from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers are finally starting to get healthy, with J.J. Redick back in the rotation and Jaredy Dudley just recently starting to ramp up his minutes. However, L.A. will be without Blake Griffin, who picked up his 16th technical foul against Denver on Tuesday night. If the NBA doesn't rescind the violation, it will be a mandatory one-game suspension when the team needs him most.

The same can be said for Portland, who will get back Joel Freeland on Wednesday. Freeland was the first big off the bench for the Blazers until a sprained right knee sidelined him back in February. He will play in five-minute bursts, but fans in Portland will get an idea of how ready he is for the playoffs on Wednesday. With LaMarcus Aldridge back, the Blazers seem to have pulled themselves out of their recent funk. Portland has lost just one game since the All-Star power forward returned on Mar. 27.

Other games

All times Eastern

Pacers vs. Magic, 7 p.m.

Hawks vs. Bucks, 8 p.m.

Jazz vs. Timberwolves, 8 p.m.

Rockets vs. Pelicans, 8 p.m.

Pistons vs. Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Lakers vs. Spurs, 8 p.m.

Wizards vs. Celtics, 8 p.m.

Nets vs. Cavaliers, 8 p.m.

76ers vs. Heat, 8 p.m.

Raptors vs. Knicks, 8 p.m.

Suns vs. Kings, 10:30 p.m.

Warriors vs. Nuggets, 10:30 p.m.

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