Which D-League team is most likely to end up with a championship in 2019?
The NBA’s Western Conference is looking like a lock for another title, with the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings both locked up with at least one title in the coming season.
Here are the seven most likely scenarios, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
Houston Rockets (11-3): The Rockets have won four straight and have already advanced past the Western Conference finals, while the Golden State Warriors have lost three straight and are sitting on the outside of the postseason.
They could clinch the West title with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.
Sacramento Kings (9-7): The Kings have lost six of their last seven and are on the brink of elimination.
They need a win or a tie to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Atlanta Hawks (7-9): The Hawks are coming off their third straight losing season and could end up in the bottom of the West.
The Atlanta Hawks, who have lost eight straight games, have only won once in their last six.
The Los Angeles Clippers (7,9): Los Angeles is coming off a 12-4 season, but has lost seven straight and could be eliminated if the team loses its final three games.
Portland Trail Blazers (5-9) : The Trail Blazers are in the midst of a brutal stretch of their own, having lost five straight.
Portland has been without Damian Lillard, who has been out with a sore right hamstring, while C.J. McCollum, who had been dealing with a right calf strain, has also missed time with a back injury.
Los Angeles Lakers (6-10) : A win over Denver on Sunday would secure the Lakers’ fourth straight playoff berth, but they also face a tough stretch in front of them.
L.A. is a game away from ending its nine-game losing streak, and they are two games behind San Antonio for the final playoff spot in the Western conference.
Washington Wizards (5,8): The Wizards have won nine of their past 10 games, including a win on Sunday over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
They are in danger of falling to 0-8 with a loss on Sunday, but could clinch a playoff berth if they win their next two games.
Atlanta Falcons (5:30 p.m.
ET): The Falcons have won three straight but have dropped six of seven.
The team is 2-6 against the Hawks, but is 3-0 against the Kings.
Atlanta would have to win three straight to clinch a postseason berth.
Sacramento Republic (6:30 a.m.)
: The Republic has won three of its past four and has lost four straight.
The home team has won seven of its last nine games.
The Republic would have three more losses than the Hawks to fall out of the playoff picture, but the team would have two more wins than Portland.
Miami Heat (4:30:30 ET): This is the third straight game that the Heat has been at home, but there is no reason to think the team will end up on the road.
The Heat is 3,637-10 since the start of the 2010-11 season.
The next three games are at home against Dallas and San Antonio, so there is plenty of time for the Heat to come back and win at least four of the next five games.
Charlotte Hornets (4 a.y.m.): The Hornets have won five of their previous six, but are on a five-game slide.
The last time the Hornets lost five consecutive games was Nov. 3, 2015.
The Hornets are on pace for their worst start since joining the NBA in 1994-95.
Minnesota Timberwolves (4 p..m.: ET): Minnesota is 6-8 since the end of March, and its road record is a miserable 6-23.
The Timberwolves are 1-4 at home since the beginning of March.
The Wolves are 0-4 in the playoffs and are one game behind San Francisco for the third wild card spot.
Philadelphia 76ers (4) : This is an important game for both the Sixers and Sixers fans.
The Sixers and the 76ers are tied for first in the Eastern Conference, but have a chance to go to the conference finals.
They will play each other at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon.
Denver Nuggets (4-11): The Nuggets are 4-11 since March 1, and have dropped five of six.
They were swept in the first round by the Warriors, but will be looking to avoid their first 0-10 start since 2010-2011.
The Nuggets will need a victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday to clinch their third consecutive playoff berth.
Houston Mavericks (3:30): The Mavericks are 4,817-11, but their road record has been terrible.
The Mavs have lost four of six and are 4 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Timberwolves for the fourth wild card.
Milwaukee Bucks (2 p.t.): The Bucks are 3-10 in their past six