NBA Western Conference playoff race, standings watch: Trail Blazers top Jazz to cling to 5th; Mavericks, Lake – OregonLive
The Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers remain locked in a battle for the final two assured playoff berths in the NBA Western Conference.
All three notched victories on Wednesday night, leaving the Blazers (41-29) in fifth place, the Mavericks (41-29) in sixth and the Lakers (40-30) in seventh as each team now has two games left to play in the regular season. The Blazers hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Dallas, pushing them up to fifth.
With their one-game lead over the Lakers, the Blazers can clinch at least sixth place with one more victory or one Lakers loss.
The top six teams in the West will clinch playoff spots, while the seventh through 10th place teams will head to a play-in tournament to determine the Nos. 7 and 8 seeds. The regular season ends Sunday.
Elsewhere in the West, the New Orleans Pelicans were eliminated from postseason contention with their 125-107 loss to the Mavericks. San Antonio lost 128-116 at Brooklyn, but the 10th-place Spurs are still two games ahead of the Sacramento Kings in the race for the final play-in spot.
Here’s a look at the Western Conference playoff race through Wednesday’s games: