Playoff Picture Muddled

By: Associated Press/KBTX
By: Associated Press/KBTX

UNDATED (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Hornets
tried to clear up the top of the Western Conference playoff picture. But the middle of the conference is still a mess after last night and heading into the final two days of the season.
If the Lakers and Hornets both won, they clinched the top two
seeds in the West. Los Angeles hosted Sacramento, while New Orleans
was home to face the Clippers, hoping to lock up the Southwest
Division title.
There would then remain a chance for a four-way tie for third
place depending on the results of games tomorrow, the last night of
the regular season.
San Antonio, Utah, Phoenix and Houston would all be battling for
that spot which would go to the Northwest Division champion Jazz if
they beat the Spurs tomorrow. Utah would then own the tiebreaker
advantage against all three teams.
The Spurs would be guaranteed third by beating Utah and still
could be No. 2 if the Hornets lost their last two games. New
Orleans visits Dallas in the season finale.
Dallas will earn the No. 7 seed by winning that game. If the
Mavericks lose, Denver would finish seventh if it beats visiting
Memphis tomorrow.


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