A Spurs-Nuggets first round showdown?

Can the Timberwolves catch the Grizzlies for the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference playoffs?

Updated: April 20, 2005, 2:09 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
The NBA season has boiled down to this: one week to determine a season, the fate of several coaches, the playoff aspirations of thousands of fans and the race for the coveted NBA Championship.

Out West, seven of the top eight spots are now taken, with the Grizzlies just one game away from nabbing the final playoff spot.

In addition, in the race to make the playoffs, several teams are working frantically to position themselves to have some staying power in the postseason, but very little is settled at this point. With the exception of the Mavericks, who are locked into the fourth spot, everything is up for grabs.

Insider breaks down the playoff race as we head into the home stretch. Click here for the Eastern Conference breakdown.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider

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