With the regular season ending April 17, NBA playoff bubble teams will have to buckle down now more than ever.
While the Western Conference is tighter than the less competitive Eastern Conference, the playoff picture isn’t finalized just yet on either side.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz are fighting for the eighth seed in the West, while the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers cling to life. The Milwaukee Bucks are 36-38 in the East, but they hold a six-game lead over the ninth-place Philadelphia 76ers.
Twelve teams have already clinched a playoff spot in the NBA. The following teams are hoping to overcome the odds and do the same.