The Los Angeles Lakers needed overtime to do it, but they got their much-needed win on Wednesday night in Sacramento, clinching the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. That gives the Lakers home-court advantage in a potentially second-round series with the Dallas Mavericks. The Lakers will face the No. 7 seed New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Here is a look at all the NBA playoff matchups in the Western Conference:
- No. 1 San Antonio Spurs (61-21) vs. No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies (46-36)
- No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27) vs. No. 5 Denver Nuggets (50-32)
- No. 2 Los Angeles Lakers (57-25) vs. No. 7 New Orleans Hornets (46-36)
- No. 3 Dallas Mavericks (57-25) vs. No. 6 Portland Trail Blazers (48-34)
The NBA playoffs begin on Saturday. The full schedules will be released later tonight.
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