Spurs or Thunder? Who is the top team in the West?
This is what the experts have to say about this.
Spurs or Thunder: Who gets the top seed in the West?
D.J. Foster, ClipperBlog: Spurs. In a race this short, it's hard not to side with the current front-runner. The lead is just one game, but I believe the Spurs are the better, fresher team. If San Antonio can survive back-to-back games against the Lakers and Warriors, it should be able to retain the top spot.
Andrew McNeill, 48 Minutes of Hell: Thunder. With injuries to Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili already on his plate, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will do anything he can to keep the rest of his team healthy heading into the playoffs. That'll mean plenty of rest for his key guys and the Spurs will drop some games because of it.
J.M. Poulard, Warriors World: Thunder. Both teams have the same amount of road games left, but the Spurs play in Denver, at the Lakers and at Golden State, while the Thunder travel to Utah, Golden State and Portland. The weaker crop of road foes gives OKC the slight edge.
Michael Wallace, ESPN.com: Thunder. The Spurs have some serious injury concerns to deal with, and Popovich won't hesitate to rest his key guys over the final two weeks to make sure they enter the playoffs in decent shape. The Thunder are one game behind in the standings with five to go. But they'll make up the necessary ground by default.
Kyle Weidie, Truth About It: Thunder. The loss to the Knicks at home on Sunday will get the Thunder rumbling. They'll take two out of three upcoming games on the road and will close out the season 4-1. The Spurs will find a way to go 3-2 in their last five, likely because of rest prescribed by the head Pop-tologist."
Personally, I go with the Spurs because they are ahead 1 game with 5 to go. It'll be difficult to catch them considering that they will be gunning for the top stop. They know that once the Conference finals come around, they are going to need every edge they have to beat the Thunder