Friday NBAction open thread

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The Clippers are in the middle of three days off, gearing up for the Battle of L.A. part 4. However, the rest of the NBA continues along, with a dozen games tonight.

While the Clippers are taking an extended break with less than two weeks remaining in the season, most of the rest of the NBA plays tonight, with 24 out of 30 teams in action. The Grizzlies are facing the Lakers in a big game for both teams, and the Thunder travel to Indiana in a battle of two conference leaders. Meanwhile, the Clippers could clinch the Pacific Division tonight with some help from the Suns.

Cleveland at Boston, 4:30 PM

Milwaukee at New York, 4:30 PM

Philadelphia at Atlanta, 4:30 PM

Miami at Charlotte, 5:00 PM

Oklahoma City at Indiana, 5:00 PM

Orlando at Chicago, 5:00 PM

Toronto at Minnesota, 5:00 PM

New Orleans at Utah, 6:00 PM

Golden State at Phoenix, 7:00 PM

Dallas at Sacramento, 7:00 PM

Houston at Portland, 7:30 PM

Memphis at LA Lakers, 7:30 PM

The Thunder beat the Spurs last night to take control of the race for the top seed in the Western Conference. But that lead could be shortlived if they lose in Indianapolis tonight. The Pacers are a game back of the Knicks in the East, so this game means a lot to both teams.

Dallas' last second loss in Denver last night pretty much ended their chances of making the playoffs, but Utah is still in a great position to catch the Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. The Jazz are hosting the Hornets tonight, so they should win.

That will put the pressure on the Lakers to beat Memphis in the late game. Memphis meanwhile needs to win to try to keep up with the Nuggets for third, but also to maintain their advantage over the Clippers for fifth. Unfortunately for the Lakers, Steve Nash won't be playing. This is one of the only times that Clips Nation will be rooting for the Lakers.

The Clippers' magic number for their first ever division title is down to one. Although they don't play tonight, they could clinch the division if Phoenix can beat Golden State. Unfortunately, Phoenix has lost seven straight and hasn't been particularly interested in winning lately, so it probably won't happen.

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