2014 NBA playoff standings: Many have clinched, few have set seeding

Christian Petersen

Never short on suspense, the NBA has waited until the last game of the season to set the final playoff standings in both conferences.

After much speculation toward the bottom of the Western Conference, Monday night's game between the Grizzlies and Suns finally laid to rest the question of who would make the postseason. Memphis came away with a victory, 97-91, in a playoff atmosphere.

However, the storyline picks right back up on Wednesday night as the Mavericks and Grizzlies duke it out to see who claims the No. 7 seed. The same can be said for the Clippers and Thunder, who are struggling against each other for the No. 2 spot and both play in games Wednesday. Los Angeles can jump Oklahoma City should they beat Portland and if the Thunder fall to the Pistons.

Houston and Portland are locked in at the Nos. 4 and 5 spots, respectively. They are slated to meet each other in the first round. Meanwhile, Golden State is firmly in the No. 6 spot waiting to see who falls between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City.

San Antonio is in control of the top seed in the West.

Here are the full Western Conference standings:

W L GB
1. z - San Antonio Spurs 62 19 -
2. y - Oklahoma City Thunder 58 23 4
3. y - Los Angeles Clippers 57 24 5
4. x- Houston Rockets 54 27 8
5. x- Portland Trail Blazers 53 28 9
6. x- Golden State Warriors 50 31 12
7. x - Dallas Mavericks 49 32 13
8. x - Memphis Grizzlies 49 32 13

In the East, things are similarly jumbled. Indiana is locked in to the No. 1 spot after the Heat lost to the Wizards on Monday. Miami will take the No. 2 position and face the No. 7 seed.

Toronto is in control of the No. 3 seed, but have to win at New York on Wednesday if they want to be safe. Chicago has been challenging from the No. 4 position all month, and if the Raptors drop a game and the Bulls beat Charlotte, they could swap spots.

With Brooklyn losing to the Knicks on Tuesday night, they're on the brink of dipping out of the fifth spot. The Nets need to win Wednesday night's game against Cleveland to make sure the Wizards don't have a chance to leapfrog them.

Meanwhile Charlotte can move up to the No. 6 spot if they beat Chicago on Wednesday and Washington fumbles their game against Boston. The Atlanta Hawks are locked in to the No. 8 seed, and will face the Indiana Pacers in the first round.

Here's a look at the full Eastern Conference standings:

W L GB
1. y - Indiana Pacers 55 26 -
2. y - Miami Heat 54 27 1
3. y - Toronto Raptors 48 33 7
4. x - Chicago Bulls 48 33 7
5. x - Brooklyn Nets 44 37 11
6. x - Washington Wizards 43 38 12
7. x - Charlotte Bobcats 43 39 13
8. x - Atlanta Hawks 37 44 18

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