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How Monday’s games impact the playoff picture

Apr 15, 2013, 12:49 PM EST

Utah Jazz's Burks, Millsap, Hayward, Williams and Favors walk onto the court after a timeout during their NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Salt Lake City Reuters

Sunday some things got settled — the Knicks locked themselves in the two seed in the East, for example — and now with 11 games on the slate for Monday night a few more things will get settled.

So here’s a rundown of what to watch for Monday night (all times listed are Eastern).

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Jazz at Timberwolves (8 p.m.): It’s very simple for the Jazz — win and you’re still alive. Lose and the Lakers get the final playoff spot. (If Utah wins they would still need to beat Memphis Wednesday and hope the Lakers lose to the Rockets. But first things first.)

Nuggets at Bucks, Grizzlies at Mavericks (both 8:00 p.m.): If Denver wins they will have home court advantage in the first round (where they are 37-3 this season). A Memphis loss also means Denver is home in the first round. A Denver win puts pressure on the Clippers to win Tuesday or Denver locks into the three seed (meaning Clippers/Grizzlies in the first round). Memphis is currently the five seed and is tied with the Clippers (the four seed), but Los Angeles has the tiebreaker. If Memphis wants home court in the first round they need wins.

Kings at Thunder (8:00 p.m.), Spurs at Warriors (10:00 p.m.): A Thunder win or a Spurs loss and the Thunder will be the top seed in the West (OKC’s magic number is one).

Rockets at Suns (10:00 p.m.): Houston controls its own destiny — win this game and against the Lakers Wednesday and they are the six seed. If Houston wins and Golden State loses to the Spurs the Rockets lock up the six seed tonight.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Bulls at Magic (7:00 p.m.): The Bulls are the six seed and with a win can move within half a game of the five-seed Hawks. The Bulls have the tiebreak with the Hawks so if they can catch them they would get Brooklyn in the first round instead of Indiana.

  1. money2long - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    all the games people say don’t matter in the regular season, some wins and losses would have had an affect on seeding.

  2. shuttaman1990 - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Utah will lose tonite, they barely made it when the Timberwolves was in their house. They will not make it out of Minnesota.
    They will choke like they rightfully will. Blouses.
    LETS GO LAKERSSS!

    • Clayton Bigsby - Apr 15, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      charlie murphy is that you???

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