Another chance for the Timberwolves to clinch

The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to end a 13-year NBA playoff drought, but with the Wolves in the middle of a tightly-contest race in the Western Conference, nothing is certain.

With the end of the regular season just a few days away, here’s the latest look at Minnesota’s playoff chances and the week ahead.

 

IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY

Playoff drought over! Minnesota would be the No. 8 seed and take on the Houston Rockets, who would have home-court advantage.

 

STANDINGS

Houston, Golden State, Portland and Utah have clinched, but it’s a logjam from fifth on down: just one game separates fifth-place New Orleans and ninth-place Denver, with San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Minnesota (in that order) in between. Here’s the how the playoff race currently shapes up including game remaining (GR) for each team:

TEAMWLPCTGR
Houston6416.8002
Golden State5823.7161
Portland4832.6002
Utah4733.5882
New Orleans4634.5752
San Antonio4634.5752
Oklahoma City4634.5752
Minnesota4535.5632
Denver4535.5632

THIS WEEK

The Clippers are out, but — somehow — just about anything could happen over the next three days. The Jazz are in after knocking off the Lakers on Sunday night, but things are still up in the air for everyone else. Oklahoma City, San Antonio and New Orleans could all clinch Monday night with wins.

 

New Orleans: Monday — at L.A. Clippers; Wednesday — vs. San Antonio

San Antonio: Monday — vs. Sacramento; Wednesday — at New Orleans

Oklahoma City: Monday — at Miami; Wednesday — vs. Memphis

Minnesota: Monday — vs. Memphis; Wednesday — vs. Denver

Denver: Monday — vs. Portland; Wednesday — at Minnesota

 

THE WOLVES PERSPECTIVE

Minnesota could clinch Monday night if the Wolves beat Memphis, San Antonio beats Sacramento and Portland beats Denver. The Wolves currently hold the tiebreaker over Denver, but the two teams meet for just the second time this year Wednesday in the final game of the regular season. There’s a small chance the Wolves could win out and finish as high as fourth, but eighth place is still looking likely.

 

PLAYOFF ODDS

The website playoffstatus.com currently calculates Minnesota’s playoff chances for each seed as the following:

4 – 4 percent (last week: 9 percent)

5 – 15 percent (last week: 27 percent)

6 – 19 percent (last week: 27 percent)

7 – 17 percent (last week: 21 percent)

8 – 27 percent (last week: 12 percent)

Out – 19 percent (last week: 5 percent)

 

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