Advertisement

 The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Hornets tried to clear up the top of the Western Conference playoff picture Tuesday night, but the middle was still a mess heading into the final two days of the season.
If the Lakers and Hornets both won, they clinched the top two spots in the West. New Orleans did its part, beating the Clippers 114-92 to lock up the Southwest Division title and at least the No. 2 seed.
The Lakers hosted Sacramento later Tuesday, needing a victory to secure home-court advantage throughout the conference finals.
There would then remain a chance for a four-way tie for third place, depending on the results of games Wednesday, the last night of the regular season.
San Antonio, Utah, Phoenix and Houston would all be battling for that spot, which would go to the Spurs if they beat the Northwest Division champion Jazz. However, Utah would move up to No. 3 with a victory because it would then own the tiebreaker advantage against all three teams.
The bottom two spots also remain unsettled. Dallas will earn the No. 7 seed by beating New Orleans on Wednesday. If the Mavericks lose, Denver would finish seventh if it beats visiting Memphis.
The East playoff bracket is set. Top-seed Boston faces No. 8 Atlanta; No. 2 Detroit opens against No. 7 Philadelphia; Southeast Division champion Orlando is the third seed and meets No. 6 Toronto; and defending East champ Cleveland and No. 5 Washington hook up for the third straight year in the first round.
Advertisement
Advertisement

Top NBA Public Bets

#1 506 USA  55% Bet Now

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Tim Duncan retires The San Antonio Spurs lost their franchise player on Monday, as Tim Duncan elected to retire after an amazing 19-year...
Thumbnail Rockets give Harden an extension The Houston Rockets locked up their star player for years to come, announcing an extension with James Harden on...
Thumbnail OKC's title odds plummet without Durant Following the announcement that Kevin Durant will be signing with the Golden State Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder's NBA title...
Thumbnail Durant heading to Golden State The shoe finally dropped in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, as he has elected to sign with the Golden State Warriors for next...
Thumbnail Warriors now 2/3 to win title with Durant The Golden State Warriors were already favored to win the 2017 NBA Finals championship, but their odds improved even more after...
More inNBA Articles  

NBA Team Pages

Advertisement