Playoff picture: OKC still has shot at division title

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: April 6, 2010 at 9:16 am •  Published: April 6, 2010


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If the Thunder wins tonight at Utah and wins again Wednesday night against Denver, Oklahoma City will have a shot at winning the Northwest division title, which earns a guaranteed top-four seed and homecourt advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Split those two division games, or lose both, and the Thunder could finish as the No. 8 seed.

With no NBA games scheduled Monday night, the Thunder’s playoff prognosis did not change. But 10 head-to-head meetings among Western Conference playoff contenders the final 10 days of the regular season will impact where teams will be seeded.

Oklahoma City, in sixth place, has clinched a playoff spot. If the Thunder reduces one team’s (listed below) number to zero, then it’s assured of earning the No. 7 seed. Reduce two teams to zero, and Oklahoma City will be the No. 6 seed. Reduce three to zero, and the Thunder would be the No. 5 seed, etc.

→6 San Antonio

→6 Portland

→7 Utah

→8 Denver

→8 Phoenix