LOS ANGELES -- In a possible prelude to the postseason, the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers square off Saturday at Staples Center.
The Jazz (44-28) hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Clippers (43-30) for the fourth seed and homecourt advantage in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. If they retain their positions, the two clubs would meet in the first round.
However, much can change before the playoffs seeds are determined. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who are a game behind the Clippers, and the Memphis Grizzlies, who trail Los Angeles by 2 1/2 games, also remain in contention for the No. 4 and No. 5 spots.