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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:

WEDNESDAY’S SCORES

• Brooklyn 128, San Antonio 116

• Dallas 125, New Orleans 107

Portland 105, Utah 98

• L.A. Lakers 124, Houston 122

WEST STANDINGS

Western Conference W-L GB
1. Utah Jazz 50-20
2. Phoenix Suns 48-21 1.5
3. Los Angeles Clippers 46-23 3.5
4. Denver Nuggets 45-24 4.5
5. Portland Trail Blazers 41-29 9
6. Dallas Mavericks 41-29 9
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7. Los Angeles Lakers 40-30 10
8. Golden State Warriors 37-33 13
9. Memphis Grizzlies 36-33 13.5
10. San Antonio Spurs 33-36 16.5
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Sacramento Kings 31-38 18.5

IF THE PLAYOFFS STARTED TODAY …

West matchups

(1) Utah vs. No. 8 seed

(2) Phoenix vs. No. 7 seed

(3) L.A. Clippers vs. (6) Dallas

(4) Denver vs. (5) Portland

IF THE PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT STARTED TODAY …

Game 1: (7) L.A. Lakers vs. (8) Golden State. Winner earns No. 7 seed for playoffs; loser plays winner of 9-10 matchup

Game 2: (9) Memphis vs. (10) San Antonio. Winner advances to play loser of 7-8 matchup; loser eliminated

Game 3: L.A. Lakers-Golden State loser vs. Memphis-San Antonio winner. Winner earns No. 8 seed for playoffs; loser eliminated

THURSDAY’S GAMES

(all times Pacific)

• L.A. Clippers at Charlotte, 4 p.m.

• San Antonio at New York, 4:30 p.m.

• Sacramento at Memphis, 5 p.m.

• Denver at Minnesota, 5 p.m.

• Portland at Phoenix, 7 p.m. (TV on TNT, NBCSNW)

REMAINING OPPONENTS

Utah: at Oklahoma City, at Sacramento

Phoenix: vs. Portland, at San Antonio, at San Antonio

L.A. Clippers: at Charlotte, at Houston, at Oklahoma City

Denver: at Minnesota, at Detroit, at Portland

Portland: at Phoenix, vs. Denver

Dallas: vs. Toronto, at Minnesota

L.A. Lakers: at Indiana, at New Orleans

Golden State: vs. New Orleans, vs. Memphis

Memphis: vs. Sacramento, vs. Sacramento, at Golden State

San Antonio: at New York, vs. Phoenix, vs. Phoenix

Sacramento: at Memphis, at Memphis, vs. Utah

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