For the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, every game is a must win. Their coaches must pull out all the stops. Several other teams are jockeying for playoff positioning in the hopes of securing a favorable matchup or home-court advantage.
Some teams that have nothing to play for are resting their players for the playoffs. There are also coaches who take the opposite approach and play their starters in order to keep them sharp.
When trying to determine which teams will win a playoff race, it is important to consider their strength of schedule. How many of their remaining games are at home? Are their opponents contending teams, and if so, are they still motivated by their own races or are they already looking ahead to the playoffs?