NBA Daily Playoff Picture: The one with a couple West tiebreakers on the line

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The NBA playoff picture will come into clearer view each day between now and the end of the regular season on April 14. In the meantime, we will provide detailed daily updates on the landscape, including magic numbers, strength of schedule, relevant tiebreakers and the stakes for every day’s slate of games.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Clinched playoff berth

2. Denver Nuggets (52-23)

Clinched playoff berth

Clinched playoff berth

Projected record: 57-25

Net rating: 6.4

Magic number for top-three seed: 5

Remaining schedule: HOU, TOR, @PHX, @LAL, WAS, @DEN, ATL, PHX

Remaining strength of schedule: .488

Highest possible finish: No. 1 seed (clinched no lower than No. 6)

Own tiebreakers against: Thunder, Nuggets, Clippers, Mavericks, Pelicans

The Clippers have an important matchup with the Kings on a busy Tuesday night in the NBA. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

4. Los Angeles Clippers (47-27)

5. Dallas Mavericks (45-29)

7. Phoenix Suns (44-31)

8. Sacramento Kings (43-31)

9. Los Angeles Lakers (42-33)

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10. Golden State Warriors (40-34)

11. Houston Rockets (38-36)

Tuesday’s games of consequence (all times Eastern)

Lakers at Raptors (7 p.m.)

Thunder at 76ers (7:30 p.m., TNT)

Rockets at Timberwolves (8 p.m.)

Spurs at Nuggets (9 p.m.)

Clippers at Kings (10 p.m.)

Mavericks at Warriors (10 p.m., TNT)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Clinched No. 1 seed and first-round playoff series vs. No. 8 seed (determined by play-in tournament)

4. New York Knicks (44-30)

The Knicks and Heat are both fighting for playoff positioning in the East. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

6. Indiana Pacers (43-33)

Projected record: 45-37

Net rating: 1.5

Magic number for playoff berth: 8

Remaining schedule: NYK, PHI, @HOU, @IND, @ATL, DAL, TOR, TOR

Remaining strength of schedule: .487

Highest possible finish: No. 2 seed (clinched no lower than No. 10)

Own tiebreakers against: Cavaliers, Magic, Bulls, Hawks

8. Philadelphia 76ers (40-35)

9. Chicago Bulls (36-40)

Clinched play-in berth

10. Atlanta Hawks (35-40)

Tuesday’s games of consequence (all times Eastern)

Bucks at Wizards (7 p.m.)

Thunder at 76ers (7:30 p.m., TNT)

Knicks at Heat (7:30…

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