NBA playoff picture: Jazz look to avoid elimination; Thunder try to clinch No. 1 seed
Here’s what’s at stake for playoff-contending teams on Monday night:
Jazz at Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET): With a loss, the Jazz (42-38) would be eliminated from playoff contention and the Lakers (44-37) would clinch a postseason berth.
Kings at Thunder (8 p.m.): The Thunder (59-21) can secure the No. 1 seed in the West with a win or a Spurs (58-22) loss.
Nuggets at Bucks (8 p.m.): A Nuggets (55-25) win or Grizzlies (54-26) loss ensures home-court advantage for Denver in the first round regardless of seed. With a victory here and a Clippers (54-26) loss on Tuesday against Portland, the Nuggets secure the No. 3 seed.
Grizzlies at Mavericks (8 p.m.): The Grizzlies are guaranteed to finish no lower than the No. 5 seed. They’ll need to win out and get a good amount of help to secure the No. 3 seed or home-court advantage in the first round. They’re tied record-wise with the idle Clippers, but L.A. owns the tiebreaker as a division winner.
Rockets at Suns (10 p.m.): A win and a Warriors (45-35) loss gives the Rockets (45-35) the No. 6 seed.
Spurs at Warriors (10 p.m.): The Spurs can tie the Thunder with a victory and an OKC loss, but the Thunder hold the tiebreaker by virtue of their better conference record. Both teams have one game remaining after Monday. A win and a Rockets loss gives the Warriors the inside track on the No. 6 seed. Houston owns the tiebreaker over Golden State due to their head-to-head record.
Knicks at Bobcats (7 p.m.): The Knicks (53-27) have clinched the No. 2 seed. They will face the Celtics (41-39) in the first round.
Bulls at Magic (7 p.m.): A win could bring sixth-seeded Chicago (43-37) within a half-game of idle Atlanta (44-36). The Hawks could lock up the No. 5 seed with a win Tuesday and a Bulls loss at Orlando. Chicago owns the tiebreaker by virtue of its head-to-head record with Atlanta.
Heat at Cavaliers (7 p.m.): Miami (64-16) has secured the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Wizards at Nets (7:30 p.m.): The Nets (47-33) have clinched the No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the first round.