NBA: Playoff and Play-In Field Now Set

Jonathan Grant | May 17th, 2021

After a wild final week of the NBA season, the playoff field has officially been set after Sunday’s results. 20 teams still remain with a chance of winning the championship ‘proper,’ and 12 of them are locked into the official first round. The others, however, will have to deal with play-ins. In the Western Conference, the seven seed will be at stake as the Golden State Warriors (after Steph Curry’s 46 helped them down the Grizzlies) battle the Los Angeles Lakers. The winner goes right into the playoffs while the loser will have to face the winner of the San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies.

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Over on the East, the Boston Celtics will be taking on the Washington Wizards for the seventh slot while the loser will end up facing either the Charlotte Hornets or the Indiana Pacers. One of the other big storylines that was determined on Sunday was the fate of the West’s #1 seed. The Utah Jazz claimed thanks to a 121-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings on ‘decision’ day. That ended the Phoenix Suns’ hopes, but they will still have the second seed in their pockets, so it’s not all bad. The Portland Trail Blazers also deserve a mention as well, as they knocked off the Denver Nuggets 132-116 to avoid the play-in situation despite the Lakers defeating the Pelicans comfortably. The top-six seeds are as follows for the East: Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Milwaukee, New York, Atlanta, Miami. For the West the top six are: Utah, Phoenix, Denver, LA Clippers, Dallas, and then Portland. Only the 3/6 and 4/5 slots know their opponents thus far, but that will be resolved shortly as the play-in begins on Tuesday night.

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