With only two nights remaining in the regular season, the Thunder’s playoff future is starting to clear up.
There are still three possible first-round opponents — the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors — but the scenarios have become a lot less complicated.
Let’s take a a quick look:
- The Thunder will clinch the second seed if it beats the Pistons at home on Wednesday OR the Clippers lose one of their final two games (vs Denver on Tuesday, at Portland on Wednesday). If OKC finishes as the two-seed — still the most likely scenario — it will face the winner of the Mavericks and Grizzlies game on Wednesday in Memphis. Both teams enter with identical records, meaning the winner gets the seventh seed.
- If the Thunder loses its final game to Detroit AND the Clippers win their final two, OKC will fall to the third seed. Both teams would finish with identical 58-24 records, but L.A. would hold the tiebreaker because of a better conference record. In that scenario, the Thunder would face the Warriors, who clinched the sixth seed on Monday night.