There is one day left in the regular season and the playoff picture has gotten just a little bit clearer, but seeding and matchups are still up in the air.
The Golden State Warriors have locked up the No.1 seed, the Utah Jazz have locked up the No.5 seed, and everything else is still in play.
But let's focus on what matters as it concerns the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Houston Rockets lost on Tuesday and the Blazers beat the Los Angeles Lakers, meaning the Blazers not only locked up homecourt but they still have a chance to secure the No.3 seed.
Here are scenarios for Portland to lock those seeds in:
Portland gets the No.3 seed if... It beats the Sacramento Kings, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves. If Denver wins, they lock in the No.2 seed, while Portland and Houston would then be tied for No.3 Portland moves to No.3 via having the tiebreaker with Houston.
Portland gets the No.4 seed if... It loses to the Kings, or the Nuggets lose to the Timberwolves. If the Nuggets lose, then Houston would jump to No.2, Denver would fall to No.3, and Portland would be No.4, no matter their result against the Kings.
That covers how Portland can lock in either the No.3 or No.4 seed, but we still have to determine which team they will play. Potential first rounds opponents are the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, and the Utah Jazz.
Here is how they can end up playing each of those teams:
Portland will play the Utah Jazz if... In the above scenarios Portland finishes No.4. Utah is already locked in as the No.5 seed in the playoffs. So, if Portland finishes No.4 then they will meet the No.5 Jazz in round one.
Portland will play the Oklahoma City Thunder if... In the above scenarios Portland finishes No.3, and Oklahoma City finishes No.6. The Thunder will lock in the No.6 seed if they beat the Milwaukee Bucks.
Portland will play the San Antonio Spurs if... In the above scenarios Portland finishes No.3, and San Antonio finishes No.6. The Spurs will finish No.6 if they beat the Dallas Mavericks and the Bucks beat the Thunder. In this case, the Spurs and Thunder will be tied in the standings and San Antonio will secure No.6 via the tiebreaker.
The Thunder and Spurs both tip-off at 5:00pm on Wednesday, meaning the No.6 seed will likely be locked in by the time the Blazers and Kings tip-off at 7:30pm. The Nuggets also tip-off at 7:30pm, so there will still be plenty of scoreboard watching inside Moda Center.
Playoffs, here we come.