The Thunder has secured no worse than the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and could rise as high as No. 2.
There is a three-team race for the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 seeds in the Western Conference among the Los Angeles Lakers (55-23), Dallas (53-25) and the Thunder (52-26).
Should OKC win its home game against Denver and if the Lakers lose at Portland, both on Friday night, the Thunder could pull within one game of the No. 2 seed with a victory against the Lakers inside Staples Center on Sunday.
The remaining schedules for OKC, LA and Dallas:
Lakers: Friday at Portland; Sunday vs. OKC; Tuesday vs. San Antonio; Wednesday at Sacramento.
Mavericks: Friday vs. LA Clippers; Sunday vs. Phoenix; Monday at Houston; Wednesday vs. New Orleans.
Thunder: Friday vs. Denver; Sunday at Lakers; Monday at Sacramento; Wednesday vs. Milwaukee.
The playoffs begin April 16 and 17.
If OKC and Denver finish with the same record, the Thunder wins the tiebreaker because of a better Northwest Division record (currently 12-3 vs. 8-5).
If OKC and Dallas finish with the same record, the Thunder wins the tiebreaker because it is a division winner, even though the Mavericks won the season series 2-1.
If OKC and the L.A. Lakers finish with the same record, the Lakers win the tiebreaker because of their head-to-head record against the Thunder (currently 2-0).
Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson is averaging 11.5 points on the season.
Against the Thunder, however, he is averaging 19.3 points. The only team surrendering more points to Lawson is Minnesota at 21.0.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Thunder is:
22-3: Shooting 50 percent or better
13-3: On Fridays
30-5: More assists
35-10: More rebounds
40-14: More fastbreak points
8-1: In overtime
10-1: Russell Westbrook scores 30-plus
22-5: Kevin Durant scores 30-plus
8-0: 10-plus blocked shots
12-0: Opponent scores less than 90 points
"I love it when he makes a few in a row, because look out. Look. Out. When you see him making the tough step-back shots and things like that, you can't guard that. You can't guard that." – Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin on teammate J.R. Smith