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Oklahoma City is the Western Conference team with the most appealing final month, as it will face 10 teams with current losing records and eight teams with winning records.
By John Rohde Published: March 12, 2011

For what remains in the NBA regular season, no team in the Western Conference has a more favorable schedule than the Thunder.

Oklahoma City has the fewest games remaining (eight) against teams over .500, and the most games remaining (10) against teams under .500.

The Thunder has the best of both worlds. It has the easiest task in the West from now until closing day on April 13.

Entering Saturday night's games, San Antonio had the highest degree of difficulty with 14 games remaining against teams over .500, with 10 of those games coming on the road.

Portland, New Orleans and Utah had 13 games left against teams with winning records, while the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix each had 12.

Meanwhile, OKC has three more games remaining against sub-.500 teams than any other West franchise.

The Thunder still gets to play the five worst teams in the NBA, beginning today with back-to-back games at Cleveland and at Washington. OKC also has home contests remaining against Toronto (March 20) and Minnesota (March 25), plus a game at Sacramento (April 11).

OKC has nine games left at home and nine on the road.

The Thunder gets to end the season with a home game against Milwaukee, which certainly beats the prospect of positioning yourself one last time for the playoffs while facing, say, the Spurs in San Antonio.

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PLAYOFF PICTURE

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. SAN ANTONIO (53-12)

Games remaining vs. teams over .500: 14 (4 home/10 away)

Games remaining vs. teams under .500: 3 (3 home/0 away)

2. DALLAS (47-18)

Games remaining vs. teams over .500: 11 (5 home/6 away)

Games remaining vs. teams under .500: 6 (3 home/3 away)

3. LOS ANGELES LAKERS (46-20)

Games remaining vs. teams over .500: 12 (9 home/3 away)

Games remaining vs. teams under .500: 4 (2 home/2 away)

4. THUNDER (41-23)

Games remaining vs. teams over .500: 8 (3 home/5 away)

Games remaining vs. teams under .500: 10 (6 home/4 away)

5. DENVER (38-27)

Games remaining vs. teams over .500: 10 (2 home/8 away)

Games remaining vs. teams under .500: 7 (6 home/1 away)

6. PORTLAND (37-28)

Games remaining vs. teams over .500: 13 (7 home/6 away)

Games remaining vs. teams under .500: 4 (3 home/1 away)

7. NEW ORLEANS (38-29)

Games remaining vs. teams over .500: 13 (8 home/5 away)

Games remaining vs. teams under .500: 2 (2 home/0 away)

8. MEMPHIS (36-30)

Games remaining vs. teams over .500: 9 (3 home/6 away)

Games remaining vs. teams under .500: 7 (6 home/1 away)

9. PHOENIX (33-30)

Games remaining vs. teams over .500: 12 (5 home/7 away)

Games remaining vs. teams under .500: 7 (4 home/3 away)

10. UTAH (34-32)

Games remaining vs. teams over .500: 13 (6 home/7 away)

Games remaining vs. teams under .500: 3 (2 home/1 away)

Note: Through Friday's games

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