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The wild wild west is in full action.

On Wednesday night, the San Antonio Spurs lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 122-112 in overtime. The New Orleans Pelicans decimated the Memphis Grizzlies by a billion points. So, here’s the updated Western race:

W

L PCT GB
1 Houston 63 15 0.808
2 Golden State 57 21 0.731 6
3 Portland 48 30 0.615 15
4 Utah 45 33 0.577 18
5 San Antonio 45 34 0.57 19
6 Oklahoma City 45 34 0.57 19
7 Minnesota 44 34 0.564 19
8 New Orleans 44 34 0.564 19
9 Denver 43 35 0.551 20
10 LA Clippers 42 36 0.538 21

Thursday’s games

Clippers at Utah 8 p.m. CST

Minnesota at Denver 9:30 p.m.

Friday’s games

Minnesota at LA Lakers 9:30 p.m.

Here’s Oklahoma City’s seeding potentials

No. 1 seed

Oklahoma City with only three games remaining cannot secure this spot as they’re 19 games back of the Houston Rockets.

No. 2 seed

Oklahoma City with only three games remaining cannot secure this spot as they’re 13 games back of the Golden State Warriors.

No. 3 seed

With only three games remaining, Oklahoma City cannot secure this spot as they’re four games back of the Portland Trail Blazers.

No. 4 seed

The Utah Jazz have been flying up the standings. They’re 15-5 since the All-Star break and that’s why they’re one game up on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoff race. However, Utah has one game in hand on Oklahoma City. Though, the Thunder own the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Final four games: vs. Clippers (Thurs., April 5); at Lakers (Sun., April 8); vs. Golden State (Tues., April 10); at Portland (Wed., April 11)

No. 5 seed

The San Antonio Spurs lost to the Lakers and that helps the Thunder. While San Antonio owns the tiebreaker with the Thunder based off conference record, the Spurs and the Thunder have equal records at 45-34.

Final three games: vs. Portland (Sat., April 7); vs. Sacramento (Mon., April 9); at NOLA (Wed., April 11)

No. 6 seed

Oklahoma City is here, tied with the Spurs at 45-34 with three games remaining. Oklahoma City doesn’t play again until Saturday.

Final three games: at Houston (Sat., April 7); at Miami (Mon., April 9); vs. Memphis (Wed., April 11).

No. 7 seed

The Minnesota Timberwolves (44-34) are sitting here, a half-game back of the Thunder. Minnesota owns the tiebreaker and they own the inside track to a higher seed over the Thunder due to having a game in hand. If Oklahoma City and Minnesota both win out, the T-Wolves get the tiebreaker.

Final four games: at Denver (Thurs., April 5); vs. Lakers (Fri., April 6); vs. Memphis (Mon., April 9) vs. Denver (Wed., April 11)

No. 8 seed

The New Orleans Pelicans won on Thursday night. They’re a half-game back of the Thunder and a full game back of the Jazz. New Orleans owns the tiebreaker against Oklahoma City. Utah owns the tiebreaker against the Pelicans.

Final four games: at Phoenix (Fri., April 6); at Warriors (Sat., April 7); at Clippers (Mon., April 9); vs. Spurs (Wed., April 11)

Outside looking in

Denver (43-35)

Denver is 1½ games back of the Thunder. Oklahoma City’s magic number over the Nuggets is two. Denver is hot. They’ve won three straight and own the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Thunder.

Final four games: vs. Minnesota (Thurs., April 5); at LA Clippers (Sat., April 7); vs. Portland (Mon., April 9); at Minnesota (Wed., April 11)

LA Clippers (42-36)

With four games to go, Oklahoma City owns a slim 2½-game advantage over the Clippers. LA needs to win out and get some help from the Thunder if they ever want to reach Oklahoma City’s point. This one is probably out of reach for the Clippers. Oklahoma City’s only threat is Denver.

Final four games: vs. Minnesota (Thurs., April 5); at LA Clippers (Sat., April 7); vs. Portland (Mon., April 9); at Minnesota (Wed., April 11)

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