Following a key victory in the fight for home-court advantage, the Los Angeles Clippers control their own destiny in the final week of the regular season.
The Portland Trail Blazers are simply trying to end one of the longest losing streaks in franchise history.
The Clippers hope to take another step toward securing home-court advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs when they host the sinking Blazers on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles (54-26) gained an edge in its potential first-round matchup with Memphis as Chris Paul hit a free throw with 18.3 seconds left to earn a 91-87 road win Saturday.
DeAndre Jordan finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, winners of five in a row.
Fourth-seeded Los Angeles took three of four from the fifth-place Grizzlies and would own home-court advantage should they finish with the same record. The Clippers are also within striking distance of third-seeded Denver with two games remaining.
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