NBA Playoff Picture as Regular Season Winds to a Close

The NBA regular season has entered its last weekend with just 2 or 3 games left on team’s schedules. However, with just five days left in the regular season there are two seeds left to fill out West and one in the East.

Back East

In the east, Friday night was wild, with six of the top seven seeds changing. Miami defeated Indiana to move to the top of the East a half game in front of Indiana. If the Heat can win out over their final three games, they would be the conference’s top seed. If the two teams tie, Indiana would win the tiebreaker.

Chicago was 18 points down in their game against Detroit but rallied to win. That combined with a loss by Toronto to New York moved Chicago into No. 3 and pushed Toronto into the No. 4 spot.

However, Toronto clinched the title in the Atlantic division when Brooklyn was defeated by Atlanta. Washington won while Charlotte lost, so Washington moved to No. 6 and Charlotte dropped to No. 7.

The magic number for Atlanta to eliminate the New York Knick for the No. 8 and final place in the playoffs is one.

Out West

With its win on Friday night rallying from a deficit of 21 points, the San Antonio Spurs clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference throughout the entire playoffs.

Stephen Curry recorded a triple double for Golden State in their win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The win clinched a second consecutive postseason for Golden State.

Houston continues to have problems on defense allowing Corey Brewer to score 51 points. The Rockets lead for the No. 4 spot melted to a half game in front of Portland.

Houston lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland beat the Utah Jazz.

Memphis defeated Philadelphia and with the collapse by Phoenix against San Antonio moved Memphis to No. 8 and Phoenix is now sitting at No. 9 and on the outside looking in.

Saturday Game Notes

Washington visits Milwaukee with the Wizards controlling their own destiny for the No. 6 spot to avoid Pacers and Heat during the first round.

Charlotte hosts Philly with Bobcats fighting to get No. 6 spot back.

Atlanta hosts Miami with the Hawks having a chance to clinch a berth in the postseason. Heat looks to keep pressure on Indiana as they lead Pacers in No. 1 spot in the East.

Boston visits Cleveland in a game with no playoff implications.

Houston hosts New Orleans and will try to creep closer to clinching the No. 4 spot and home court advantage in the first round. New Orleans has lost 7 straight.

Dallas hosts Phoenix in a battle for the 7th and 8th spots out West. Dallas is No. 7 entering the game, Phoenix is No. 9, with Memphis squeezed in between with all three separated by just a half game.

Denver hosts Utah with no playoff implications for either club.

According to Bovada, topbet, sportsbook.com and betonline, if the season ended after Friday’s games the playoff would look like this:

East: Atlanta at Miami, Charlotte at Indiana, Washington at Chicago, Brooklyn at Toronto

West: Memphis at San Antonio, Dallas at Oklahoma City, Golden State at Los Angeles Clippers, Portland at Houston.

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