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: The No. 6 seed is the Mavs' for the taking. Both Houston and Denver lost Friday night to fall 1 1/2 games back of Dallas in the standings. Plus, the Mavs hold the tiebreaker over both clubs with six games to play.
Mavs 97, Blazers 94: Dallas led by 20 points late in the third quarter, but eight turnovers in the fourth quarter energized Portland and produced a massive run that only its own late turnovers sabotaged from being a one-possession game in the final minutes.
Hornets 96, Jazz 85: Horrible road loss for the 10th-place Jazz, whose playoff hopes are now on life support with a must-have game at Memphis tonight.
Thunder 115, Kings 89: Easy home win as the Thunder look to hold off the Spurs for the No. 1 seed.
Warriors at Clippers
Thunder at Timberwolves
Jazz at Grizzlies
Suns at Spurs
If the playoffs started today: Mavs vs. Lakers