The Lakers clinched the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference, but their first-round playoff opponent remains to be determined. It could be the Utah Jazz, tonight’s regular-season finale opponent. If the Lakers defeat the Jazz tonight, the Jazz will finish eighth and the teams will play each other in the first round.
However, if the Jazz win, then they could move up to sixth if the New Orleans Hornets and Dallas Mavericks both lose in their finales. Utah also could be seventh if either the Hornets or Mavericks lose.
The Lakers could face the Hornets in the opening round if the Hornets lose and the Mavericks and Jazz win.
The Lakers could face the Mavericks if the Mavericks lose and the Jazz win.