The Western Conference playoff picture just got a little clearer last night. With the Clippers’ defeat in Atlanta last night, the Lakers have clinched the Pacific Division as well as the third seed. In addition, the Clippers’ hopes still remain up in the air. If the Clippers can’t get a win in Madison Square Garden tonight and the Grizzlies beat the Magic on Thursday, the Clippers could slip to the fifth seed. In case of a tie between the two, the Clippers have the advantage (they won the season series) 

In addition, the Utah Jazz have knocked the Phoenix Suns out of the playoff picture and secured the 8th seed with a 100 - 88 victory last night. 

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