The three division leaders in the West are set with Houston and Golden State in the top two slots and Portland very close to wrapping up the No. 3 position for the postseason. After that is gets messy, like guys in college dorm messy, with seven teams competing for five spots.
This time of year it is kind of like playing musical chairs when you were a kid, with too many people trying to find an edge when the music stops for a finite number of places to sit. With teams having only four or five games remaining in the regular season, the pressure is really on for every club in the hunt.
Here is exactly what we are looking at as of the morning if April 3rd.
4) San Antonio Spurs 45-32 record
5) Oklahoma City Thunder 45-33
6) Utah Jazz 44-33
7) Minnesota Timberwolves 44-34
8) New Orleans Pelicans 43-34
9) Denver Nuggets 42-35
10) L.A. Clippers 41-36
In spite of all the Kwahi Leonard drama, San Antonio players are winning when it counts the most and have moved up to the No. 4 spot after looking like they could miss the playoffs altogether. The Spurs have won eight of 10 SU and ATS and look in good shape and would want to have home-court advantage in West quarterfinals. With five games remaining, that could be tricky as three contests are on the road, where they are abysmal 14-24 SU.