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Friday, April 20, 2012
Wild West: It's down to seeding for Mavs

By Jeff Caplan

We take a look at the games that impact the West playoff picture each morning for the rest of the regular season.

Mavs' spot in the standings: Houston's overtime loss to New Orleans on Thursday night clinched a playoff berth for the idle Mavs. They remain at No. 6, one-half game ahead of Denver.

THURSDAY'S GAMES
Hornets 105, Rockets 99: Houston's sixth straight loss puts their playoff hopes on life support as the Hornets, with Eric Gordon back and playing tremendously well, continue to sound the spoiler alert.

Suns 93, Clippers 90: Jared Dudley knocked down four 3-pointers to keep the Suns tied with Utah in the No. 8 spot with a game against the Jazz looming at the end of the season. Meanwhile, the Clippers' chances of catching the Lakers for the No. 3 seed took a hit.

TODAY’S GAMES
Warriors at Mavs
Grizzlies at Bobcats
Lakers at Spurs
Thunder at Kings

If the playoffs started today: Mavs vs. Lakers