Posted April 17, 2013

NBA playoff picture: Lakers, Jazz fight for postseason hopes on final night of season

2013 NBA playoffs, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz
Lakers, Jazz will fight to make the playoffs tonight

A variety of scenarios is in play for both the Jazz and Lakers tonight. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Here’s what’s at stake for playoff-contending teams on the final night of the regular season:

Western Conference

Rockets at Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET): The Lakers (44-37) will clinch the No. 7 seed with a win over the Rockets (45-36). A loss and a Utah (43-38) win eliminates Los Angeles. If both teams lose, the Lakers would be the No. 8 seed. A variety of scenarios are in play for the Rockets: They can secure the No. 6 seed with a win and a Warriors (46-35) loss, can slip to the No. 7 seed if both they and the Warriors win and can fall to eighth if they lose.

Jazz at Grizzlies (8 p.m.): With a win and a Lakers loss, the Jazz would clinch the No. 8 seed and a first-round matchup with the Thunder. The Grizzlies (55-26) are locked into the fifth seed, but can secure home-court advantage in a first-round series with a win and a Clippers (55-26) loss.

Hornets at Mavericks (8 p.m.): Both teams are eliminated from playoff contention. A loss would help both improve their lottery odds.

Timberwolves at Spurs (8 p.m.): The Spurs (58-23) are locked into the No. 2 seed.

Bucks at Thunder (8 p.m.): The Thunder (60-21) and Bucks (37-44) are locked into playoff positions. Oklahoma City, the No. 1 seed, will play the still undetermined eighth seed in the West. Milwaukee, No. 8 in the East, is preparing for a first-round matchup with the Heat.

Suns at Nuggets (8 p.m.): With a win or Clippers loss, the Nuggets (56-25) can secure the No. 3 seed. If the Nuggets lose and Clippers win, Denver drops to the No. 4 seed. 

Clippers at Kings (10:30 p.m.): The Clippers can grab the No. 3 seed with a win and a Nuggets loss. If the Nuggets win, the Clippers will be the fourth seed. Los Angeles can secure home-court advantage in a first-round series with the Grizzlies with a win or Grizzlies loss.

Warriors at Blazers (10:30 p.m.): A win or Rockets loss secures the No. 6 seed for Golden State. The Warriors will be seeded seventh if they lose and the Rockets win.

Eastern Conference

Celtics at Raptors (8 p.m.): The Celtics (41-39) have secured the No. 7 seed. They will face the Knicks in the first round.

Pistons at Nets (8 p.m.): The Nets (48-33) are locked into the No. 4 seed and will have home-court advantage in the first round.

Hawks at Knicks (8 p.m.): With a win and a Bulls (44-37) loss, the Hawks (44-37) will clinch the No. 5 seed and a first-round matchup with the Nets. If Atlanta loses, it will be seeded sixth.

Cavaliers at Bobcats (8 p.m.): The Bobcats (20-61) are tied with the Magic (20-61) for the worst record in the league. Another loss would help their odds in the draft lottery. If both teams lose, a drawing will be held to determine their lottery odds, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Magic at Heat (8 p.m.): The Heat (65-16) have secured the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. They will face the Bucks in the first round. Orlando’s situation is explained above.

Sixers at Pacers (8 p.m.): The Pacers (49-31) have clinched the No. 3 seed and home-court advantage in the first round. They will face either the Bulls or Hawks in the first round.

Wizards at Bulls (8 p.m.): The Bulls can secure the No. 5 seed, and a meeting with the Nets in the first round, with a win. A loss and an Atlanta win drops Chicago to the sixth seed.


Wait..there's a basketball league??  We haven't had basketball in Philly in 12 years.  


"They will face either the Bulls or Chicago in the first round." Interesting


Well at least the Pacers know they'll face the Bulls OR Chicago in the first round. #whew