It is officially the last day of the NBA season. The West is still looking wild as ever with seven teams clinching playoff spots and two teams fighting for the last seed tonight. Though only the Rockets and the Warriors, the one and two seed in that order, have their playoff seed number locked.
The Pelicans and Spurs will be playing against each other tonight to fight for the higher seed, depending on what the Thunder do in their game against the lousy Grizzlies. There are so many different tie breakers in these situations that I won’t go to deep into it. We know for sure though that the Pelicans, Spurs and Thunder all have a playoff spot locked up.
Fighting for the three seed tonight will be the Trail Blazers hosting Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz. Lillard has led Rip City to a high playoff seed but Portland has slowed down the last several games. Mitchell and crew took this as an opportunity and will now play Portland for the third seed tonight at 7:30 PM PDT on ESPN.
Mitchell has shined as a rookie and led what seemed to be a hopeless Jazz team to a great record and playoff birth. The Jazz have looked hot and Mitchell is hard to slow down.
On the other hand Lillard looks like the second half MVP. He has been a scoring machine and comes up clutch in key moments. Paired with McCollum in the back court and Jusuf Nurkic up front, this will be a difficult team to beat.
The most important game of the night will be the Nuggets at the Timberwolves. Both with records of 46-35, these two teams will square up on NBA TV at 5:00 PM PDT for the final playoff spot in the West.
The Nuggets have looked like a scrappy team with no all stars and no proven superstars. Nikola Jokic is a star in the making and definitely one of the best centers in the league, but still has room for improvement. Partnered up with four time all star, Paul Millsap, this will be a tough match up for any team.
Millsap has had a little bit of a down year with an injury plagued season. He will be ready tonight though for this meaningful game. His experience with those great Hawks teams will be crucial when it comes down to crunch time.
On the other hand, the only reason Minnesota is so far down the standings is because Jimmy Butler was out for awhile from knee surgery. Now that he is back, the Timberwolves look like sure favorites over the persistent Nuggets. They have all stars like Jeff Teague, Butler and KAT. While being supported by great players like Wiggins, Rose and Crawford.
I wouldn’t be so quick to count out the Nuggets though. Even if it looks like the Nuggets won’t be able to keep up with the star studded Timberwolves, just remember, David beats Goliath.
Tonight will be an entertaining night in basketball. With only the Rockets and Warriors having their seeds locked up in the West, there will be a clash for the rest of the seeding between the other seven teams. Tune in tonight and watch the madness take place.