The Clippers have won six straight games to climb to 48-25 and into fourth place overall in the Western Conference. Only the
Where the Clippers finish in the standings has direct implications for the
The Lakers, via the
Based on the standings as of Saturday morning, the Clippers would be in line for the 56th pick, which instead of going to the Lakers would go to the
The Clippers originally sent their second-round pick only if it was in the 51-55 range to the
The Lakers may have four selections in June's draft, but only if they keep their own first-round pick, which will go to Philadelphia 76ers, via the
In addition to their own second-rounder -- which won't go to the Orlando Magic for
The Lakers just need the Clippers to dip slightly in the standings to receive that protected second-rounder.
The Lakers need just one of those teams to overtake the Clippers, provided the Clippers don't catch the Rockets (49-23) or
In the case of identical records at season's end, the Clippers' selections would fall to a tiebreaker, which if the Clippers won, would give them a higher pick in the first round but a lower pick in the second.