NBA playoff tracker: So much for Clippers-Lakers in the opening round


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When is the play in tournament NBA 2021?

When is the NBA Play-In Tournament? The Play-In Tournament will begin Tuesday, May 18, two days after the end of the regular season on May 16. The last game of the tournament will be May 21, with the first round of the NBA playoffs tipping off May 22. NBC4 WashingtonNBA Play-In Tournament 2021: Schedule, Rules and Format

When do the NBA playoffs start?

When is the play-in, and when do the actual playoffs start? The play-in tournament will take place from May 18-21. The regular playoffs will begin May 22 and end on July 22 — just in time for the scheduled start of the Tokyo Olympics, which officially begin July 23. Washington PostWhat to know about the NBA’s play-in tournament and the 2021 playoffs

Are the Lakers in the play in tournament?

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently slated to be in the play-in tournament prior to the NBA Playoffs. The Lakers are the seventh seed in the Western Conference with a one-game deficit behind the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers. ... Each team only has two more games. Lake Show LifeThe Los Angeles Lakers should be happy to be in play-in tournament

Did the Celtics make the playoffs?

NBA Playoffs 2021: Boston Celtics are officially in the play-in tournament, but No. 7 in East is still not guaranteed - masslive.comNBA Playoffs 2021: Boston Celtics are officially in the play-in tournament, but No. 7 in East is still not gu

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1. Philadelphia 76ers (48-23)

2. Brooklyn Nets (46-24, 1.5 GB)

3. Milwaukee Bucks (45-25, 2.5 GB)

4. Atlanta Hawks (40-31, 8 GB)

5. Miami Heat (39-31, 8.5 GB)

6. New York Knicks (39-31, 8.5 GB)

7. Boston Celtics (35-35, 12.5 GB)

8. Charlotte Hornets (33-37, 14.5 GB)

9. Indiana Pacers (33-37, 14.5 GB)

10. Washington Wizards (33-38, 15 GB)

1. Utah Jazz (51-20)

2. Phoenix Suns (49-21, 1.5 GB)

3. Denver Nuggets (47-24, 4 GB)

4. Los Angeles Clippers (47-24, 4 GB)

5. Dallas Mavericks (42-29, 9 GB)

6. Portland Trail Blazers (41-30, 10 GB)

7. Los Angeles Lakers (40-30, 10.5 GB)

8. Golden State Warriors (38-33, 13 GB)

9. Memphis Grizzlies (38-33, 13 GB)

10. San Antonio Spurs (33-37, 17.5 GB)

The Houston Rockets winning the last weekend of the regular season wouldn't normally be relevant, but this outcome has a direct impact on the playoff path for the Los Angeles Clippers: 

With Steph Curry resting for Sunday's game against Memphis to decide the eighth and ninth seed, two young backup guards had a chance to shine in Jordan Poole and Mychal Mulder. Poole scored a career-high 38 points and the go-ahead layup with 21.4 seconds in Golden State's 125-122 win over New Orleans. Early in the third quarter, Poole went back to the locker room after injuring his ankle. The injury didn't keep him out of the game as he returned later in the quarter and was clutch for the Warriors down the stretch.

We could get a playoff preview on Saturday night as a Heat-Bucks series is still in play for the first round. Milwaukee has an outside shot at the second seed but would need some help from a Brooklyn team that ends with home games against Chicago and Cleveland this weekend. While Miami is the fifth seed as of Friday night, they have the same record as the New York Knicks with a harder final two games:



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Examining remaining schedule of Mavs, Lakers and possible playoff matchups

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With one game remaining on the Blazers’ schedule, it’s a must-win situation for them on Sunday against Denver.

For things to go more smoothly for Portland, Blazers fans will need to be cheering for the Pacers and Pelicans to defeat the Lakers, and the Raptors and Timberwolves to handle the Mavericks.

Portland won the season series 2-1 against the Lakers and Mavericks, thus holding the power if there’s a tiebreaker with either or both teams.

What favors the Blazers more than anything is both teams ending the season on back-to-backs. The Lakers will be going from Indiana to New Orleans, and the Mavericks will go from Dallas to Minnesota.

The Lakers are 7-5 while Dallas is 8-8 on back-to-backs.

The Lakers will enter their Saturday matinee against the Pacers riding a three-game winning streak with the big questions being on the status of LeBron James (ankle, questionable) and Anthony Davis (groin, probable). 

Currently occupying the No. 7 spot, for them to make the postseason with the play-in, they would need to win their remaining games and hope Dallas and Portland lose all of their games left.

As for the Mavericks, they’ll be without J.J. Redick (right heel soreness). Their lottery-bound opponent in the Raptors will be missing most of their starting lineup: Kyle Lowry (rest), Fred VanVleet (hip), Pascal Siakam (shoulder), and OG Anunoby (calf).

The Clippers, a potential playoff matchup for Portland, will finish their season against the Rockets and Thunder, two of the worst teams in the league. Both of their opponents are on a seven-game and eight-game losing streak, respectively. 

Before playing the Blazers, the Nuggets will first see Pistons, who took a note from the Raptors and are resting most of their rotation players.

With playoff spots already clinched, it wouldn’t be a shocker if the Clippers and Nuggets rested their core guys in one of the next two games. A decision of such would greatly impact the Blazers, not needing to possibly deal with Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. in their regular-season finale.

Portland will enter their game against the Nuggets with two day’s rest, something they’ll have only done 10 times on the season and are 5-4 in doing so. As for Denver, them playing on one day’s rest is what they live for boasting a 34-14 record.

Many possibilities and odds exist for people to calculate what may happen.

At the end of the day, the games need to be played and for the Blazers, the answer to their worries is three letters: win.

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A few short weeks ago that seemed impossible, but a 10-3 run has made the Mavs the clear favorite for the 5th seed. One of the more surprising contributions during this winning run has come from Josh Green. The Mavericks’ offensive rating is 114.5, good for eighth in the league, but when Doncic isn’t on the court, the rating drops to 107.6, which would be 26th. This is mostly because Doncic is an MVP candidate, but the disparity is also indicative of the Mavs’ personnel.

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Even if they land in the play-in tournament, you know Lakers fans are going to eat this news up.

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