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NBA playoff image, standings, magic numbers: Knicks clinch play-in spot; Lakers fall behind No. 5 Mavericks

The New York Knicks are going to be enjoying postseason basketball in some capability. They’ve clinched a spot in no less than the play-in match and proceed to occupy the No. 4 seed within the Jap Convention. The Los Angeles Lakers, in the meantime, have dropped to the No. 6 seed within the West and are, coming into play on Sunday, only one loss from having to play their method into the playoffs. 

A fast reminder on the NBA’s new play-in format: The highest six seeds in every convention are in, with the ultimate two seeds up for grabs by way of the brand new play-in match. In every convention, No. 7 will play No. 8, with the upper seed having to win one recreation whereas the decrease seed must win two. The winner of that 7 vs. 8 collection will get the No. 7 spot, with the loser awaiting the winner of the 9 vs. 10 play-in collection to resolve the No. 8 seed. 

Under is what the playoff image seems to be like coming into play on Sunday, Might 2. Groups are listed so as of present seed together with the SportsLine projected ending seed and totally different magic quantity situations. A “playoff spot” means a top-six seed. This submit will proceed to replace for the rest of the season as we preserve monitor of those races right down to the wire. 

NOTE: Our SportsLine mannequin, developed by predictive knowledge engineer Stephen Oh, simulates the whole season 10,000 occasions to supply essentially the most unbiased and exact projections doable.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(Present playoff groups)

The Jazz technically maintain the West’s No. 1 seed after beating Toronto Saturday evening as they’ve performed another recreation than No. 2 Phoenix, however the two groups are tied within the loss column and it is the Suns who personal the tiebreaker. The Jazz have clinched a top-four seed. They don’t management their very own future for the No. 1 seed, however our SportsLine projections have them incomes the highest spot nonetheless. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch top-two seed: 5
  • Power of remaining schedule: twenty fourth
  • Projected seed: No. 1

2. Phoenix Suns

As talked about above, the Suns are tied with the No. 1 Jazz within the loss column and personal the tiebreaker. Phoenix has clinched a top-four seed and holds a three-loss lead over the No. 3 Nuggets. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch No. 1 seed: 9
  • Magic quantity to clinch top-two seed: 6
  • Power of remaining schedule: nineteenth
  • Projected seed: No. 2

3. Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets beat the Clippers to leap into the No. 3 seed on Saturday. Denver now owns an efficient two-game lead over the No. 4 Clippers (one within the loss column) with the tiebreaker in hand. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 1
  • Magic quantity to clinch top-four seed: 3
  • Power of remaining schedule: eleventh
  • Projected seed: No. 4

4. Los Angeles Clippers

After falling to Denver on Saturday evening, the Clippers are actually the West’s No. 4 seed, one loss behind No. 3 Denver. However for the reason that Nuggets now personal the tiebreaker as effectively, that’s successfully a two-game hole. The Clippers have clinched no less than a spot within the play-in match. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 1
  • Magic quantity to clinch top-four seed: 3
  • Power of remaining schedule: twenty ninth
  • Projected seed: No. 3

Dallas jumped the Lakers into the No. 5 seed with a win over the Wizards on Saturday evening. Dallas and the Lakers are tied within the loss column however it’s the Mavericks with the tiebreaker. Dallas is only one loss forward of the No. 7 Blazers, and it is Portland that owns the tiebreaker.

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in collection: 1
  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 8
  • Power of remaining schedule: twenty seventh
  • Projected seed: No. 6

6. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers misplaced to the Kings in LeBron James’ return Friday evening and have now slipped to the No. 6 seed after Dallas’ win over the Wizards on Saturday. The Lakers are tied within the loss column with the No. 5 Mavericks, who personal the tiebreaker. The Lakers are only one loss up on the No. 7 Blazers, whom they play this coming Friday in a recreation that may decide the tiebreaker and maybe the No. 6 seed when it is all mentioned and accomplished. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in collection: 1
  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 7
  • Power of remaining schedule: tenth
  • Projected seed: No. 5

(Present play-in groups)

The Blazers have steadied their ship with three straight wins and sit only one loss again of the No. 5 Mavericks and No. 6 Lakers. Portland owns the tiebreaker over Dallas. The Blazers-Lakers season collection is tied 1-1 with one matchup remaining this coming Friday. As you may see under, our SportsLine projections have the Blazers sticking on the No. 7 spot with a three-loss lead over No. 8 Memphis. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in collection: 2
  • Power of remaining schedule: ninth
  • Projected seed: No. 7

The Grizzlies took a nasty loss to the Magic on Saturday evening and now path the No. 7 Blazers by three video games within the loss column. Consideration now turns to holding off the No. 9 Warriors and No. 10 Spurs. Memphis has a one-loss lead over the Warriors with the season collection tied 1-1 and one matchup remaining on the ultimate day of the common season. The Grizzlies are tied within the loss column with San Antonio with the tiebreaker already secured. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in collection: 5
  • Power of remaining schedule: twenty eighth
  • Projected seed: No. 8

9. Golden State Warriors

The Warriors jumped the Spurs for the No. 9 seed with a win over Houston on Saturday. Getting into play on Sunday, the Warriors even have another loss than the Spurs, however they’ve another win, too, plus the tiebreaker. So far as guaranteeing no less than the No. 10 seed and making the play-in match, the Warriors have a three-loss lead over the Pelicans with three head-to-head matchups remaining. If the Pels someway sweep these video games and each groups have been to win out in any other case, New Orleans would bounce the Warriors courtesy of proudly owning the tiebreaker.

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in collection: 3
  • Power of remaining schedule: fifteenth
  • Projected seed: No. 9

10. San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs even have one fewer loss than the Warriors, however Golden State has performed two extra video games and owns the tiebreaker. San Antonio is tied within the loss column with No. 8 Memphis, however once more, the tiebreaker is not in San Antonio’s favor. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in collection: 6
  • Power of remaining schedule: 1st
  • Projected seed: No. 10

(Clinging to play-in life)

  • 11. New Orleans Pelicans — Three losses again of No. 9 Golden State; 4 losses again of No. 10 San Antonio
Nerlens Noel and the Knicks have secured no less than a play-in spot, however dwelling court docket is of their grasp.
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EASTERN CONFERENCE

(Present playoff groups)

The Nets technically sit above the Sixers as a result of they’ve performed another recreation up to now, however the two groups are tied within the loss column and the Sixers have the tiebreaker, so it is Philly that controls its personal top-seed future. The Nets have locked up no less than a top-four seed. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch top-three seed: 1
  • Magic quantity to clinch top-two seed: 4
  • Power of remaining schedule: twelfth
  • Projected seed: No. 2

The Sixers have moved right into a tie within the loss column with Brooklyn for the No. 1 seed. Since Philly owns the tiebreaker, it controls its personal future to leap the Nets and end with the East’s prime seed. Philly owns a three-loss lead over the No. 3 Bucks, and has clinched a top-four seed with 9 video games to play and a nine-loss lead over the No. 5 Hawks and the tiebreaker over Atlanta in hand. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch No. 1 seed: 9
  • Magic quantity to clinch top-two seed: 7
  • Power of remaining schedule: thirtieth
  • Projected seed: No. 1

3. Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks maintain a four-loss lead over the No. 4 Knicks, however their possibilities of catching Philly or Brooklyn look slim. The Bucks are three video games behind Philly however do personal the tiebreaker by way of a 3-0 season-series sweep. Milwaukee has clinched a spot in no less than the play-in match and is 2 wins from clinching a top-six seed. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 2
  • Magic quantity to clinch top-four seed: 4
  • Power of remaining schedule: twenty second
  • Projected seed: No. 3

The Knicks maintain a two-loss lead over the No. 5 Hawks, however that lead is successfully three video games because the Knicks personal the tiebreaker. That would appear like a fairly protected lead, however our SportsLine projections have the Knicks in the end falling under Atlanta due partially to their robust remaining schedule and Atlanta’s gentle slate. The Knicks additionally maintain a two-loss lead over the No. 6 Celtics, and so they have clinched a spot in no less than the play-in match by way of Toronto’s loss to Utah. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 6
  • Magic quantity to clinch top-four seed: 8
  • Power of remaining schedule: 4th
  • Projected seed: No. 5

5. Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks acquired an enormous win over the Bulls on Saturday. Had they misplaced, they’d’ve fallen to the No. 7 seed. As an alternative, they keep at No. 5, tied within the loss column with No. 6 Boston and No. 7 Miami. Atlanta owns the tiebreaker over Boston and the Warmth, and have clinched no less than a spot within the play-in match. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 6
  • Power of remaining schedule: twenty fifth
  • Projected seed: No. 4

Boston is tied with the No. 5 Hawks within the loss column, however Atlanta holds the tiebreaker. Boston stays two losses again of the No. 4 Knicks with one head-to-head matchup remaining, so Boston nonetheless has a great quantity of management over its top-four future. That is the upside. The draw back is the Celtics have fallen right into a tie with the No. 7 Warmth, whom they play twice over the season’s closing week. These two video games might very effectively decide who secures a top-six seed and who has to battle by means of no less than one play-in collection. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in spot: 1
  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 6
  • Power of remaining schedule: twenty sixth
  • Projected seed: No. 6

(Present play-in groups)

7. Miami Warmth

The Warmth are fairly safe to finish up with no less than the No. 9 seed, as they’re 5 losses up on the No. 10 Washington Wizards. However they clearly have their sights set on passing both No. 5 Atlanta or No. 6 Boston and avoiding the play-in match altogether. As talked about, they’re tied with the No. 6 Celtics with two head-to-head matchups remaining. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in spot: 1
  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 6
  • Power of remaining schedule: seventeenth
  • Projected seed: No. 7

The Hornets acquired LaMelo Ball again Saturday evening and instantly acquired again into the win column. The Hornets are two losses again of the No. 7 Warmth and have another head-to-head matchup with Miami remaining with the tiebreaker already of their pocket. The Hornets maintain a one-loss lead over No. 9 Indiana, however with the tiebreaker already secured that lead is successfully two video games. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in spot: 4
  • Power of remaining schedule: twenty first
  • Projected seed: No. 8

The Pacers completely throttled the Thunder on Saturday, 152-95, and are actually two video games up within the loss column on the No. 10 Wizards. However with two matchups towards the Wizards remaining, it is the Wizards who management their very own future to move Indiana. The Pacers are fairly protected to make the play-in match with a five-loss lead over No. 11 Chicago and No. 12 Toronto. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in spot: 5
  • Power of remaining schedule: sixteenth
  • Projected seed: No. 9

10. Washington Wizards

The Wizards misplaced a decent one to Dallas on Saturday and now path the No. 9 Pacers by two losses. Nevertheless, as talked about above, Washington nonetheless has two video games vs. Indiana remaining and controls its personal future for the No. 9 seed. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in spot: 6
  • Power of remaining schedule: twentieth
  • Projected seed: No. 10

(Exterior wanting in)

  • 11. Chicago Bulls — Three losses again of No. 10 Washington
  • 12. Toronto Raptors — Three losses again of No. 10 Washington

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