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: With Utah losing at Memphis and Phoenix getting blasted at San Antonio, any fears of the Mavs becoming the first defending champ since the dismantled 1999 Chicago Bulls to sit out the postseason are nearly laid to rest. It would take a major meltdown in the final six games. It is also becoming increasingly likely that Dallas will not finish higher than No. 6.
Clippers 112, Warriors 104: The Clips stays on the heels of their Staples Center co-tenant for the No. 3 seed as Chris Paul goes off for 28 points and 13 assists.
Thunder 115, Timberwolves 110: OKC gets a late scare, but Kevin Durant scored 43 points and Russell Westbrook had 35 to keep a grip on the No. 1 seed.
Grizzlies 103, Jazz 98: Four Grizzlies score at least 17 points as they keep the pressure on the Clippers for the No. 4 seed and homecourt advantage in the first round.
Spurs 105, Suns 91: San Antonio jumped all over the tired Suns and Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry made the call to play Steve Nash less than six minutes.
Mavs at Lakers
Grizzlies at Hornets
Rockets at Nuggets
If the playoffs started today: Mavs vs. Lakers