Memphis, in fifth place in the conference, is one game ahead of Los Angeles with two contests remaining for each team. Following this meeting, the Grizzlies finish the regular season at Minnesota on Wednesday while the Clippers visit Dallas.
The team that finishes fifth in the West will face the 60-win Mavericks in the first round of the postseason while the sixth seed takes on Northwest Division-champion Denver, which due to an inferior record will open the playoffs on the road.
“We’re in a fight for position right now,” Memphis coach Mike Fratello said after the Grizzlies beat Houston 93-81 on Saturday for their third straight victory and sixth in seven games. “You get rewarded for winning. We can still get home-court advantage with a better record than the third-place team (Denver).”
“We’re on a really nice roll,” Gasol said. “We’re playing with confidence, our chemistry’s good and our mentality is good. We just want to win. That’s all we know right now.”
Los Angeles, which is in the playoffs for the first time since 1996-97, has lost four of its last six games after a 14-7 stretch. The Clippers fell 114-98 to Seattle on Sunday in their final regular-season home game.
The Clippers trailed by as many as 30 points, turned the ball over 16 times and allowed the Sonics to shoot 54.1 percent from the field.
“I was disappointed in our defense tonight,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “You know the guys we had out, we knew what we had to do and we weren’t just as physical as we needed to be. We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be and we had guys that got an opportunity and they need to show me something.”
The Clippers need one more win to reach 47, which will be the second-highest total in franchise history. The 1974-75 Buffalo Braves went 49-33.
Memphis has won 10 of the last 12 games in this series.