Suns in need for home-court advantage come playoff time.

Nathan DouthittContributor IApril 11, 2010

CHICAGO - MARCH 30: Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns recieves congratulations after a win over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 30, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Suns defeated the Bulls 111-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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After the recent loss to the Oklahoma Thunder, the Phoenix Suns have fallen to the 5th seed. The Suns need to take advantage of the Houston Rockets so they can keep the hope of being a 3rd or 4th seed along with home-court advantage. In order to become a 4th seed, the Suns, with 3 games left, have to go either 3-0 (if the Jazz go 1-2) or 2-1 (if the Jazz go 0-3) to move into the 4th seed.

The Suns have to be ready to face the Nuggets here and face the Jazz a day later in Utah to win these games that will probably be hardly fought. The Suns have to take smart and open shots to win and obviously play on-ball defense. The game tonight should  be a 10-15 point victory for the Suns, but I have been wrong before. The next two games should be games that go down to the wire.

Current Playoff standings in the West are as such:

1. Lakers       -  56-24  0.0 gb

2. Mavericks  -  53-27  3.0 gb

3. Nuggets    -  52-28  4.0 gb

4. Jazz         -  52-28  4.0 gb

5. Suns        -  51-28  4.5 gb

6. Thunder    -  49-30  6.5 gb

7. Trailblazers-  49-31  7.0 gb

8. Spurs       -  49-31  7.0 gb