Right about the time the Clippers tip off tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers, they’ll probably know if they have a chance at moving up in the Western Conference standings.
The Clippers are scheduled to start their game at 7:30 p.m., PST and Oklahoma City is scheduled to starts its game against the Detroit Pistons at 5 p.m., PST.
That means the Thunder game could be concluded right the time when Los Angeles is ready to play its regular-season finale in Portland.
If the Thunder lose to the Pistons, all the Clippers would have to do is beat the Trail Blazers to become the second seed in the West and push Oklahoma City to the third seed.
The Clippers and Thunder would finish the season with identical records, but LA would get the edge because it has won the second tie-breaker, which is conference records.
The Clippers and Thunder split their four-game season-series at 2-2, which is the first tie-breaker.