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NBA playoff image, standings, magic numbers: Lakers, Mavericks, Blazers all tied with play-in sequence looming

The Los Angeles Lakers may ultimately be wonderful, however for now, the expectation that LeBron James and Anthony Davis had been going to come back again and every thing was magically going to return to regular is not coming to fruition. 

On Sunday, the Lakers misplaced their second straight recreation since LeBron’s return, 121-114 to the Toronto Raptors, and consequently dropped right into a three-way tie with the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Path Blazers. By means of the fourth multi-way tiebreaker, the Lakers, for now, are clinging to the No. 6 seed with Dallas at No. 5 and Portland at No. 7. 

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 event. 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 sequence will get the No. 7 spot, with the loser awaiting the winner of the 9 vs. 10 play-in sequence to determine the No. 8 seed. 

Beneath is what the playoff image seems to be like getting into play on Monday, Might 3. Groups are listed so as of present seed together with the SportsLine projected ending seed and totally different magic quantity eventualities. A “playoff spot” means a top-six seed. This publish will proceed to replace for the rest of the season as we hold monitor of those races all the way down to the wire. 

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(Present playoff groups)

1. Phoenix Suns

The Suns beat the Thunder on Sunday night time to match Utah’s 46-18 file. By advantage of proudly owning the tiebreaker, Phoenix is the No. 1 total seed getting into play on Monday. The Suns have clinched a top-four seed. Our SportsLine projections have Phoenix falling again under and into the No. 2 seed. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch No. 1 seed: 8
  • Magic quantity to clinch top-two seed: 6
  • Energy of remaining schedule: thirteenth
  • Projected seed: No. 2

2. Utah Jazz

The Jazz have clinched a top-four seed. They don’t management their very own future for the No. 1 seed as Phoenix owns the tiebreaker, however our SportsLine projections have Utah ultimately incomes the highest spot nonetheless. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch top-two seed: 4
  • Energy of remaining schedule: twenty second
  • Projected seed: No. 1

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: 2
  • Energy of remaining schedule: eleventh
  • Projected seed: No. 4

4. Los Angeles Clippers

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

  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 1
  • Magic quantity to clinch top-four seed: 2
  • Energy of remaining schedule: twenty eighth
  • Projected seed: No. 3

5. Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks misplaced to Sacramento on Sunday, however for the second they continue to be within the No. 5 seed by the use of a three-way tie with the Lakers and Blazers. If it had been a two-way tie, the Mavericks personal the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Lakers, however the Blazers personal it over the Mavericks (head-to-head), however on this case, with three groups with similar win percentages tied, Dallas will get the sting by the use of being a division chief. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in sequence: 1
  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 8
  • Energy of remaining schedule: twenty sixth
  • Projected seed: No. 6

6. Los Angles Lakers

The Lakers have misplaced 5 of their final six and have not gained two straight video games in over a month, and the results of that stretch is falling into the aforementioned three-way tie with No. 5 Dallas and No. 7 Portland. The Lakers play Portland on Friday with the season sequence tied 1-1. That recreation will determine the head-to-head tiebreaker and will very nicely decide which workforce has to undergo the play-in event. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in sequence: 1
  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 7
  • Energy of remaining schedule: fifth
  • Projected seed: No. 5

(Present play-in groups)

7. Portland Path Blazers

Simply when it regarded like they had been about to sink, the Blazers have rattled off 4 straight wins and now sit tied with the No. 6 Lakers and No. 5 Mavericks. If the Lakers weren’t concerned on this multi-way tie, the Blazers personal the tiebreaker over Dallas. The Blazers and Lakers will sq. a lot of their half away on Friday, once they meet for the ultimate time this season with the head-to-head sequence tied 1-1. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in sequence: 1
  • Energy of remaining schedule: eighth
  • Projected seed: No. 7

The Grizzlies took a nasty loss to the Magic on Saturday night time and now path the No. 7 seed 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 sequence tied 1-1 and one matchup remaining on the ultimate day of the common season. Additionally they maintain a one-loss lead over San Antonio, however with the tiebreaker already secured, that lead is successfully two video games. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in sequence: 5
  • Energy of remaining schedule: twenty seventh
  • Projected seed: No. 8

9. Golden State Warriors

The Warriors path the No. 8 Grizzlies by only one recreation within the loss column and so they nonetheless have one matchup left. Beneath them, the Warriors are tied within the loss column with No. 10 San Antonio however personal the tiebreaker. The Warriors have a three-loss lead over No. 11 New Orleans with three head-to-head matchups remaining — the primary one being Monday night time. If the Pels in some way sweep these video games and each groups had been to win out in any other case, New Orleans would soar the Warriors courtesy of proudly owning the tiebreaker.

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in sequence: 3
  • Energy of remaining schedule: seventeenth
  • Projected seed: No. 9

10. San Antonio Spurs

After blowing a 32-point result in Boston on Friday, the Spurs misplaced on a Ben Simmons buzzer-beating tip-in Sunday night time. They’re tied with Golden State within the loss column however the Warriors personal the tiebreaker. San Antonio leads the No. 11 Pelicans by three losses with the tiebreaker in hand, making that lead an efficient 4 video games. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch play-in sequence: 6
  • Energy 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 with three head-to-head matchups remaining; three losses again of No. 10 San Antonio (Spurs have the tiebreaker). 
Damian Lillard and the red-hot Blazers are making a late push for the West’s fifth seed.
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EASTERN CONFERENCE

(Present playoff groups)

1. Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers acquired a game-winning tip-in from Ben Simmons on Sunday night time and now have a one-loss lead over the Nets for the No. 1 seed. Philly additionally has the tiebreaker over Brooklyn, which means that lead is successfully two losses. Philly’s magic quantity to clinch a top-two seed is one increased than Brooklyn’s as a result of the Bucks personal the tiebreaker over the Sixers. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch No. 1 seed: 7
  • Magic quantity to clinch top-two seed: 6
  • Energy of remaining schedule: thirtieth
  • Projected seed: No. 1

2. Brooklyn Nets

The Nets misplaced to Milwaukee on Sunday to fall to the No. 2 seed, one loss again of No. 1 Philly, which, as talked about above, additionally owns the tiebreaker. The Nets now lead the No. 3 Bucks by two within the loss column with one matchup remaining on Tuesday. Whoever wins that recreation will safe the tiebreaker for the season. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch top-two seed: 5
  • Magic quantity to clinch top-three seed: 1
  • Energy of remaining schedule: fifteenth
  • Projected seed: No. 2

3. Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks maintain a four-loss lead over the No. 4 Knicks, so the No. 3 seed is fairly safe. The Bucks are simply two video games again of No. 2 Brooklyn with yet one more matchup remaining on Tuesday. That recreation can even determine the tiebreaker between Milwaukee and Brooklyn. In the meantime, the Bucks path No. 1 Philly by three losses, however they do personal the tiebreaker over the Sixers by way of a 3-0 head-to-head benefit. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 1
  • Magic quantity to clinch top-four seed: 3
  • Energy of remaining schedule: twenty fifth
  • 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 secure lead, however our SportsLine projections have the Knicks finally falling under Atlanta due partially to their powerful remaining schedule and Atlanta’s gentle slate. The Knicks additionally maintain a two-loss lead over the No. 6 Warmth, and so they have clinched a spot in no less than the play-in event. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 5
  • Magic quantity to clinch top-four seed: 7
  • Energy of remaining schedule: third
  • Projected seed: No. 5

5. Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks have clinched no less than a spot within the play-in event. Getting into play on Monday, Atlanta is 2 video games again of the No. 4 Knicks, who personal the tiebreaker. The extra urgent concern is holding off No. 6 Miami and No. 7 Boston. The Hawks are tied within the loss column with Miami and lead Boston by one, and so they personal the tiebreaker over each. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 5
  • Energy of remaining schedule: twenty third
  • Projected seed: No. 4

6. Miami Warmth

The Warmth, by the use of beating the Hornets together with the Celtics shedding to Portland, have moved out of the play-in event in the intervening time. Miami is now one loss up on the No. 7 Celtics, however they’ve two head-to-head matchups remaining. Miami is tied with the No. 5 Hawks however Atlanta has secured the tiebreaker. The Warmth have clinched no less than a spot within the play-in event. 

  • Magic quantity to clinch playoff spot: 5
  • Energy of remaining schedule: 14th
  • Projected seed: No. 7

(Present play-in groups)

7. Boston Celtics

Boston misplaced to Portland on Sunday and is now one loss again of No. 6 Miami. The Celtics play the Warmth twice extra earlier than season’s finish, in order that they nonetheless management their very own future to maneuver out of the play-in event. 

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

The Hornets are two losses again of No. 7 Boston, however the Celtics personal the tiebreaker in order that deficit is successfully three. The Hornets are tied within the loss column with No. 9 Indiana with the tiebreaker in hand. 

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

The Pacers are tied with the No. 8 Hornets however Charlotte owns the tiebreaker. Indiana is 2 video games up on the No. 10 Wizards with two matchups remaining. The Pacers are fairly secure to make the play-in event with a five-loss lead over each the No. 11 Raptors and No. 12 Bulls. 

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

10. Washington Wizards

The Wizards misplaced a decent one to Dallas on Saturday and 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
  • Energy of remaining schedule: twentieth
  • Projected seed: No. 10

(Exterior wanting in)

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

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