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Old 04-14-2015, 09:10 AM   #1
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Houston Rockets playoff scenarios

The race for the postseason in the NBA's Western Conference has been one of the most competitive in recent memory. But there is still plenty to be decided with one game left in the regular season.

In a number of scenarios, the Rockets could be either the No. 2, 3, 5 or 6 seed.

The Rockets jumped up a spot Monday to the No. 5 seed after a 100-90 win against the Charlotte Hornets. The victory improved Houston's record to 55-27. The Memphis Grizzlies lost 111-107 to the No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors (66-15), which puts Memphis' record at 54-27 and in the No. 6 spot.

If the Rockets beat the Utah Jazz (38-43) on Wednesday at the Toyota Center, they are guaranteed no worse than the No. 5 seed regardless of how Memphis finishes.

If Houston loses to Utah on Wednesday and the Grizzlies beat the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, that would drop Houston back to the No. 6 seed. The last time the Rockets and Jazz played, Utah won 109-91 in Salt Lake City.

The Memphis Grizzlies lost 111-107 to the No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors (66-15), which puts Memphis' record at 54-27 and in the No. 6 spot.

In order for Houston to get the No. 2 seed and win the Southwest Division, the San Antonio Spurs (55-26) would need to lose to the New Orleans Pelicans (44-37) on Tuesday and the Rockets would have to beat Utah on Wednesday.

If the Rockets and Spurs each win their last game and the Los Angeles Clippers (55-26) lose to the Phoenix Suns (39-42) on Tuesday, that would put Houston in the No. 3 seed.

The Warriors have locked up the No. 1 seed.The Portland Trail Blazers (51-30) are guaranteed the No. 4 spot after winning the Northwest Division. The No. 5 seed will own home-court advantage over the Blazers. The Dallas Mavericks are stuck in the No. 7 seed (49-32) and play Portland on Tuesday.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder are vying for the eighth and final spot in the West. The Thunder (44-37) play the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-65) on Tuesday. If the Pelicans and Thunder finish with the same record, New Orleans owns the tiebreaker and would clinch the last spot.

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