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Mavs-Grizzlies will decide West's 7, 8 seeds

4/16/2014

DALLAS -- The loser has to see the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.

That’s what will be on the line during the Dallas Mavericks-Memphis Grizzlies regular-season finale Wednesday night at the FedExForum.

The Grizzlies made sure the game would be meaningful with a victory Monday night over the Phoenix Suns. That pulled Memphis even with Dallas at 49-32, making the tiebreaker the Mavs own over Memphis irrelevant.

The Golden State Warriors clinched the West’s 6-seed by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

The Mavs-Grizzlies winner gets the No. 7 seed and most likely opens the playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder, although OKC needs a win Wednesday over the Detroit Pistons or needs the Los Angeles Clippers to lose one of their last two games to wrap up the No. 2 seed.

The Mavs-Grizzlies loser gets the No. 8 seed and a certain trip to San Antonio to face a team that has the NBA’s best record and has lost only four times since the All-Star break.