The San Antonio Spurs are rolling, riding an 18-game winning streak, the longest in franchise history. With their 103-77 victory over the slumping Indiana Pacers on Monday night, the Spurs extended their lead to 3.5 games over the Oklahoma City Thunder for the top spot in the Western Conference.
San Antonio has already clinched home-court advantage in the first two rounds and their magic number for home court throughout the Western Conference playoffs now stands at 6. However, if Oklahoma City loses to either the Spurs, Rockets or Clippers then San Antonio’s magic number would get reduced.
If the Spurs continue on this historic streak, they need 64 wins and if the chips fall in place, would clinch the West’s number one seed on Friday, April 11 against the Phoenix Suns at the AT&T Center.
But where will the Spurs and Thunder finish the regular season? The Spurs have eight games left, while Oklahoma City has nine. Both teams will play each other on Thursday and it is expected that head coach Gregg Popovich will sit his regulars against the Thunder due to the tough schedule his team has had.
If the Spurs continue their streak until April 11 and clinch the best record in the Western Conference, I would expect Popovich to rest his regulars the final two games of the season. However, if Oklahoma City beats the Spurs on Thursday it would make the race for the number one seed even more interesting.
Prediction: My prediction is the Spurs will clinch the number one seed in the Western Conference, but will have their winning streak end at 19 with a loss in Oklahoma City. As for the Thunder, the win against San Antonio would be huge – but I do not see them catching the Spurs.
Spurs finish the season: 64-18 with losses @OKC and @HOU
Thunder finish the season: 59-22 with losses @HOU, @LAC, and @IND
Get ready, the race for the number one seed is about to heat up as we get closer to the end of the season.