With three games to play in the NBA regular season, the Portland Trail Blazers sit fifth in the Western Conference standings.
The Blazers (40-29) moved up to fifth place Tuesday night after the Dallas Mavericks (40-29) were blown away by ninth Memphis Grizzlies 133-104. Despite identical records, the Blazers have beaten the Mavericks in two of three games this season to win the tiebreaker. This leaves Dallas in sixth place. The Mavericks also have three games to go.
The Los Angeles Lakers needed overtime to survive the New York Knicks 101-99. The Lakers (39-30) are in seventh place, one game behind the Mavericks and Blazers.
Elsewhere in the West, Golden State beat Phoenix 122-116 to maintain a half-lead over Memphis for eighth place. The Warriors and Grizzlies have now clinched places in the play-in tournament.
The LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets each won to remain third and fourth, respectively.
The West’s top six teams will win playoff spots, while the seventh through tenth place teams will head to a play-in tournament to determine the No.7 and 8 seeds. ends Sunday.
Here’s a look at the run from the Western Conference playoffs through to Tuesday’s games:
• Denver 117, Charlotte 112
• LA Clippers 115, Toronto 96
• Memphis 133, Dallas 104
• Golden State 122, Phoenix 116
• Sacramento 122, Oklahoma City 106
• LA Lakers 101, New York 99 (OT)
|1. Utah Jazz||50-19||–|
|2. Phoenix Suns||48-21||2|
|3. Los Angeles Clippers||46-23||4|
|4. Denver Nuggets||45-24||5|
|5. Portland Trail Blazers||40-29||dix|
|6. Dallas Mavericks||40-29||dix|
|7. Los Angeles Lakers||39-30||11|
|8. Warriors of the Golden State||37-33||13,5|
|9. Memphis Grizzlies||36-33||14|
|10. San Antonio Spurs||33-35||16,5|
|New Orleans Pelicans||31-38||19|
|Kings de Sacramento||31-38||19|
IF THE PLAYOFFS START TODAY …
(1) Utah vs seed # 8
(2) Phoenix vs seed # 7
(3) LA Clippers vs. (6) Dallas
(4) Denver vs. (5) Portland
IF THE ELEMENT TOURNAMENT STARTS TODAY …
Game 1: (7) LA Lakers vs. (8) Golden State. The winner takes 7th place in the playoffs; loser plays the winner of the match 9-10
Game 2: (9) Memphis vs. (10) San Antonio. The winner advances to play the loser of the match 7-8; loser eliminated
Game 3: LA Lakers-Golden State loser vs. Memphis-San Antonio winner. The winner takes eighth seed for the playoffs; loser eliminated
(all Pacific weather)
• San Antonio à Brooklyn, 17h00
• New Orleans at Dallas, 6 p.m.
• Portland à Utah, 18h30 (ESPN, NBCSNW)
• Houston at LA Lakers, 7:30 p.m.
Utah: vs Portland, in Oklahoma City, in Sacramento
Phoenix: vs Portland, in San Antonio, in San Antonio
LA Clippers: in Charlotte, in Houston, in Oklahoma City
Denver: in Minnesota, in Detroit, in Portland
Dallas: against New Orleans, against Toronto, Minnesota
Portland: in Utah, in Phoenix, against Denver
LA Lakers: vs Houston, Indiana, New Orleans
Gold State: against New Orleans, against Memphis
Memphis: vs Sacramento, vs Sacramento, at the Golden State
Saint Anthony: in Brooklyn, in New York, against Phoenix, against Phoenix
New Orleans: in Dallas, at Golden State, against LA Lakers
Sacramento: in Memphis, in Memphis, against Utah