The only interesting playoff race in the NBA is in the Western Conference. Three teams remain in contention for the eighth and final seed: the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks are all within two games of each other.
Obviously, scheduling will play a vital role in deciding the eighth seed. However, the most important statistic is wins. Who’s won the most games this season? Who’s won the most games lately?
The winner of this Western Conference playoff race will be the team playing their best basketball heading into big games. Those big games are against playoff-caliber opponents. However, standings will play a crucial role in deciding the eighth seed.