As we move into the final stretch of the season, we see the same fight for 3rd, 4th, and 5th that we’ve seen for the last few weeks. The other hot race is for 8th place. The 6th and 7th place are still up for grabs. Lastly, there is the fight for the #1 seed. So, possibly a lot of movement over these last 15 days and 7 or 8 games.
I’m posting the standings based on home court advantage. Technically the Clippers will finish 4th because they will be division winner. But, according to NBA rules, home court (the important factor in where a team finishes) will be decided according to record and tie breakers (see at bottom of link).
It is nice that Memphis has a 1 1/2 game lead on the Clippers for the last home court spot in the first round. The Clippers, however, have a much easier finish than the Grizzlies or the Nuggets. The Clippers play only 7 games, 4 at home and only 2 against teams with winning records. The Nuggets have an easier remaining schedule than the Grizzlies with 5 of 8 at home and only 3 +500 teams.
The Grizzlies need badly to beat the Clippers in their last game at the Grind House on April 13 and the Grizzlies need to win a maximum of 1 game less than the Clippers win to keep home court in the first round. If the Grizzlies can come off this current road trip with 2 wins over Portland and LA Lakers, I think they will keep home court.
Notes about series
Top 5 teams’ series standings
Denver beat Memphis 3-1
Memphis beat Oklahoma City 2-1
LA Clippers are 2-1 against Memphis with 1 game to play on 4-13 @MEM
San Antonio and Memphis split series 2-2
Denver beat LA Clippers2-1
Oklahoma City beat LA Clippers 3-0
San Antonio is 2-1 against Oklahoma City with 1 game to play on 4-04 @OKC
LA Clippers and San Antonio spilt their series 2-2
6th to 9th place
teams’ series standings
Utah beat LA Lakers 2-1
Houston beat Golden State 3-1
Houston beat Utah 3-1
Houston is 2-1 against LA Lakers with 1 game to play on 4-17 @LAL
Golden State and Utah are tied 1-1 with 1 game to play on 4-7 @GSW
LA Lakers are 2-1 against Golden State with 1 game to play on 4-12 @LAL
Top 9 teams in Western conference are in red on the schedule.