Updated: April 17, 2013, 1:41 pm ET
Everything to know for final day
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
We’ve already broken down how the playoff picture is affected by the 15-game NBA season finale schedule for Wednesday, April 17. Now we provide a full-on in-depth view of what you need to keep track of Wednesday night, beyond the playoffs (all times p.m. Eastern).
Five biggest story lines of the day:
The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz are trying for the Western Conference’s last playoff spot.
The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers both want the crucial No. 3 seed in the West.
A total of eight teams, twice as many as last year, still have playoff stakes in their season finales.
The Charlotte Bobcats and Orlando Magic are tied for the worst record in the NBA and best draft lottery odds.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is one back of Ray Allen’s NBA record of 269 three-pointers in a season.
Games on national TV (both have playoff stakes):
Utah Jazz (43-38) at Memphis Grizzlies (55-26), 8, ESPN
Houston Rockets (45-36) at Loa Angeles Lakers (44-37), 10:30, ESPN
Other games with playoff stakes:
Atlanta Hawks (44-37) at New York Knicks (52-28), 8
Washington Wizards (29-52) at Chicago Bulls (44-37), 8
Phoenix Suns (25-56) at Denver Nuggets (56-25), 8
Los Angeles Clippers (55-26) at Sacramento Kings (28-53), 10:30
Golden State Warriors (46-35) at Portland Trail Blazers (33-48), 10:30
Games with playoff teams but no stakes:
Milwaukee Bucks (37-44) at Oklahoma City Thunder (60-21), 8
Boston Celtics (41-39) at Toronto Raptors (33-48), 8
Detroit Pistons (29-52) at Brooklyn Nets (48-33), 8
Miami Heat (65-16) at Orlando Magic (20-61), 8
Philadelphia 76ers (33-48) at Indiana Pacers (49-31), 8
Minnesota Timberwolves (30-51) at San Antonio Spurs (58-23), 8
Games without playoff teams:
Cleveland Cavaliers (24-57) at Charlotte Bobcats (20-61), 8
New Orleans Hornets (27-54) at Dallas Mavericks (40-41), 8
Key statistical notes:
Thunder forward Kevin Durant has forgone his shot at challenging Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony for the scoring average title and will sit.
Rockets guard James Harden would pass Durant for the free throws lead if he makes 16.
Harden trails 76ers guard Jrue Holiday 291-289 for NBA lead in turnovers.
Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph are tied for the offensive rebounding lead at 304.
Clippers guard Chris Paul tops Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio … [For more on Tonight's NBA schedule: Everything to know for final day, click here.]
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