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The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs last night to jump to fifth in the Western Conference Playoff race. For the Thunder, they have to keep up their winning ways as they’re sitting on the backside of a lot of head-to-head match ups.

Here’s how the tie-breakers work right now for the Thunder

Portland: The Trail Blazers leads the regular season series 3-0 (one game remaining on March 25).

San Antonio: Oklahoma City leads the regular season series 2-1 (one game remaining on March 29)

Minnesota: The Timberwolves have won the regular season series 3-1.

New Orleans: The Pelicans have won the regular season series 2-0 (one game remaining on April 1).

Denver: The Nuggets lead the regular season series 2-1 (one game remaining on March 30).

L.A.: Oklahoma City leads the regular season series 2-0 (one game remaining on March 16).

Utah: Oklahoma City has won the regular season series 3-1.

Here’s the current standings after Minnesota’s win over Golden State on Sunday afternoon:

 WestWLGBPct.
#1Houston5114.785--
#2Golden State5016.7611
#3Portland4026.60611.5
#4New Orleans3827.58513
#5Minnesota3929.57413.5
#6Oklahoma City3929.57413.5
#7San Antonio3729.56114.5
#8L.A. Clippers3629.55415
#9Denver3630.54515.5
#10Utah3630.545

Here’s Oklahoma City’s upcoming weekly schedule

Monday (3/12): vs. Sacramento (21-45)
Tuesday (3/13): vs. Atlanta (20-47)
Friday (3/16: vs. LA Clippers (36-29)

Here’s what’s coming up this week for all the teams that impact the Thunder.

Portland (W9)

Monday (3/12): vs. Miami (36-31)
Thursday (3/15): vs. Cleveland (38-27)
Saturday (3/17) vs. Detroit (30-36)

New Orleans (L1)

Sunday (3/11): vs. Utah (36-30)
Tuesday (3/13): vs. Charlotte (29-38)
Thursday (3/15): at San Antonio (37-29)
Saturday (3/17): vs. Houston (51-14)

Minnesota (W1)

Tuesday (3/13): at Washington (38-29)
Saturday (3/17): at San Antonio (37-29)

San Antonio (L2)

Monday (3/12): at Houston (51-14)
Tuesday (3/13): vs. Orlando (20-47)
Thursday (3/15): vs. New Orleans (38-17)
Saturday (3/17): vs. Minnesota (38-29)

L.A. Clippers (W2)

Tuesday (3/13): at Chicago (22-43)
Thursday (3/15): at Houston (51-14)
Friday (3/16): at Oklahoma City (39-29)

Denver (W1)

Sunday (3/11): vs. Sacramento (21-45)
Tuesday (3/13): at Lakers (29-36)
Thursday (3/15) vs. Detroit (30-36)
Saturday (3/17): at Memphis (18-48)

Utah (W5)

Sunday (3/11): at New Orleans (38-27)
Tuesday (3/13) vs. Detroit (30-36)
Thursday (3/15): Phoenix (19-49
Saturday (3/17): vs. Sacramento (21-45)

Magic Numbers:

Western Conference Playoff Standings
Record Conference Playoff Spots No
Playoffs
Team W L 1* 2* 3* 4* 5 6 7 8 9
Rockets 51 14 15 6 4 3 3 2 1 0 ^
Warriors 51 16 DNCD 6 5 3 2 2 1 1 0
Trail Blazers 40 26 DNCD DNCD 14 14 13 12 12 11 0
Thunder 39 29 DNCD DNCD DNCD DNCD DNCD 14 13 12 0
Pelicans 38 27 DNCD DNCD 17 16 15 14 13 13 0
Timberwolves 39 29 DNCD DNCD DNCD DNCD 14 13 11 12 0
Spurs 37 29 DNCD DNCD DNCD DNCD 16 16 15 14 0
Clippers 36 29 DNCD DNCD DNCD 17 17 17 16 15 0
Jazz 36 30 DNCD DNCD DNCD DNCD DNCD DNCD 16 15 0
Nuggets 36 30 DNCD DNCD DNCD DNCD DNCD 16 16 15 0
Lakers 29 36 X X DNCD DNCD DNCD DNCD DNCD DNCD 0
Kings 21 45 X X X X X X X X 0
Mavericks 21 45 X X X X X X X X 0
Suns 19 49 X X X X X X X X 0
Grizzlies 18 48 X X X X X X X X 0
  • Notes
  • ^ means the team will finish better than this playoff spot
  • X means the team cannot win this playoff spot
  • numeric indicates the number of consecutive upcoming games that must be won to guarantee winning this spot
  • “DNCD” indicates the team Does Not Control its Destiny for this playoff spot and thus, even after winning all remaining games, needs help from other teams to win
  • * denotes first round home field advantage in the playoffs

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