OKLAHOMA CITY â€” The Oklahoma City Thunder clinched first place in the Western Conference with a 104-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder has played well down the stretch, and overcame a two-game deficit to the San Antonio Spurs, which the Texas team enjoyed just a few weeks ago.
The Thunder will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs in the Western Conference, and the only team that could have that advantage over OKC is Miami in the NBA Finals. The Thunderâ€™s foe in the first round will be either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Utah Jazz â€” those two are still vying for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Both teams are in action tonight, with a Lakers win at Houston putting the Kobe Bryant-less team as the Thunder's opening-round opponent.
However, if the Lakers lose, and the Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies, Utah will be OKC's opening-round opponent.