NBA playoff picture: Hawks, Clippers jockey for seeding on quiet night

Tuesday April 16th, 2013

Clippers could lock into the No. 4 seed tonight Chris Paul and the Clippers still have eyes for the No. 3 seed in the West. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Here’s what’s at stake for playoff-contending teams Tuesday night:

Western Conference

Blazers at Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET): A loss for the Clippers (54-26) locks them into the No. 4 seed and clinches the No. 3 seed for the Nuggets (56-25). That scenario would enable fifth-seeded Memphis (55-26) to clinch home-court advantage in a possible series with the Clippers with a win over Utah on Wednesday. A win gives the Clippers a shot at the No. 3 seed, but they would need the Nuggets to lose to Phoenix on Wednesday.

Eastern Conference

Raptors at Hawks (8 p.m.): With a loss, the Hawks (44-36) would drop into a tie with the idle Bulls (44-37) for the No. 5 seed. Chicago owns the tiebreaker, meaning Atlanta would be given the sixth seed. A Hawks win gives them an inside track on the No. 5 seed, which they could clinch with a win or Bulls loss to Washington on Wednesday.

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