With just two weeks remaining in this lockout-truncated NBA season, there are still several NBA playoff spots up for grabs in the Western Conference. The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are both battling for the Pacific Division crown, with the second place finisher still in line for home court advantage in the first round.
The key spots in the Western Conference are the third through fifth seeds, with both Los Angeles teams in a fight with the Memphis Grizzlies.
|NBA Western Conference Standings|
|3||Lakers||37-22||.627||---||4 home / 3 road|
|4||Clippers||35-23||.603||1½||3 home / 5 road|
|5||Memphis||34-23||.596||2||5 home / 4 road|
The Lakers hold the tiebreaker with the Clippers by winning their season series, two games to one. The Clippers hold the tiebreaker with Memphis, by winning their season series, two games to one. Should the Clippers and Grizzlies meet in the first round, home court advantage will be huge as the home team has won all three matchups this season.
The Clippers in their franchise history, dating back to both Buffalo and San Diego, have never had home court advantage in a playoff series, so they are in rarefied air.
The Clippers are in action Thursday night, ending their three-game road trip in Minnesota, facing a depleted Timberwolves squad that has lost seven straight games. Memphis, meanwhile, is in San Antonio Thursday night to face the Spurs.