The Golden State Warriors may have finished their regular season on Tuesday, but for the rest of the league, there’s still one day left. Today marks the end of the NBA regular season, and it’s capped off by 12 games, many of which have playoff implications.
Heading into the final slate, only two of the eight seeds in the Western Conference have been determined: The Houston Rockets will have the top seed, and the Warriors the second seed. After that, seven teams jockey for the six remaining slots, and by the end of the night, we’ll finally know where everyone stands.
Here are tonight’s games that impact the race out West, and how you can watch them:
Denver Nuggets at Minnesota Timberwolves (5:00 PM PT, NBTV)
San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans (5:00 PM PT, League Pass)
Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder (5:00 PM PT, League Pass)
Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers (7:30 PM PT, ESPN)
Of those seven teams, four have a chance of being the seventh-seed, which would result in a first round date against the Warriors: The Nuggets, Pelicans, Spurs, and Timberwolves. And according to Kevin Pelton, the Nuggets are the most likely team to end up in that spot:
Put together percentage chances of West teams finishing in each seed based on the lines for tonight's games. pic.twitter.com/0jfhBBwAT4— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) April 11, 2018
With so many games, it’s a bit confusing to know what impacts what. Thankfully, the Blazers have created a chart to help everyone out:
Updated first round playoff scenarios after Utah's victory versus Golden State pic.twitter.com/DmVnUTvvzx— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 11, 2018
So here’s how it works out:
The Warriors will face the Nuggets if Denver beats Minnesota and Oklahoma City beats Memphis.
The Warriors will face the Spurs if San Antonio loses to New Orleans, and either Denver and Memphis win, or Minnesota and Oklahoma City win.
The Warriors will face the Timberwolves if Minnesota beats Denver and either New Orleans and Memphis win, or San Antonio and Oklahoma City win.
The Warriors will face the Pelicans if New Orleans loses to San Antonio and Memphis beats Oklahoma City.
Got it? That’s okay, me neither.
So if you care who the Warriors face, now you know who to root for. Now, prepare for some madness...