The Los Angeles Lakers take lost eight of their final 10 games and are x games under .500, but they still experience pretty safe to at to the lowest degree make the play-in round. Entering play on Wednesday, the Lakers accept just a two-loss lead over the No. 11 Blazers, but Portland is actively tanking and volition fall out of the race soon. The threat is the No. 12 Spurs, who aren’t that close, trailing the Lakers past four games in the loss cavalcade with xiii to play.

We’re going to be keeping close tabs on the playoff race with daily updates the rest of the way. Below is where things stand entering play on Midweek, March xvi.

NOTE:
Our SportsLine model, developed by predictive data engineer Stephen Oh, simulates the entire season 10,000 times and is constantly updating to reflect changing circumstances to produce the most unbiased and precise projections imaginable

WESTERN Briefing

1. Phoenix Suns

Phoenix has all but locked up the No. 1 overall seed. With 11 games remaining, the Suns have a 9-loss atomic number 82 over the No. 2 Grizzlies and No. three Warriors for the Westward’southward No. i seed, and a 10-loss lead over the Oestrus for the top overall seed. Phoenix has clinched a playoff berth.

  • Projected seed:
    1
  • Current get-go-circular matchup:
    TBD (play-in results)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Grizzlies:Flavour serial i-ane with one to play
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Warriors:
    Gold State leads season series 2-ane with i to play

FIGHT FOR NO. 2 SEED

2. Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis is tied in the loss column with No. 3 Gilt State. If it comes down to a tiebreaker, the Grizzlies currently lead the head-to-head season series 2-ane, simply there is 1 matchup with Golden Land remaining on March 28. Memphis maintains a three-loss lead over the No. iv Jazz simply that lead is effectively four as Memphis has clinched the tiebreaker. Memphis has a four-loss atomic number 82 over the No. 5 Mavericks.

  • Projected seed: iii
  • Current first-circular matchup: Timberwolves vs. Clippers play-in winner
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Warriors:
    Grizzlies pb season serial ii-1 with one to play
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Jazz:
    Memphis has clinched with 2-1 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Mavericks:
    Dallas has clinched with 3-1 head-to-head advantage

3. Golden State Warriors

The Warriors are tied with No. 2 Memphis in the loss cavalcade with one caput-to-head matchup remaining. Golden Land leads No. four Utah by three games in the loss column with i head-to-head matchup remaining. Our SportsLine projections accept the Warriors sticking as the No. 3 seed.

  • Projected seed: 2
  • Current first-round matchup:
    Nuggets
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Grizzlies:
    Warriors trail season series 2-1 with one to play
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Jazz:Warriors lead season serial 2-1 with one to play
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Mavericks:Dallas has clinched with 3-ane head-to-caput reward

Current PLAYOFF TEAMS

4. Utah Jazz

Utah trails No. 2 Memphis and No. 3 Gold State by iii games in the loss cavalcade. The priority is hanging onto the No. 4 seed, and that’southward going to be a photo finish. The Jazz pb No. 5 Dallas by one in the loss column with one head-to-head matchup remaining. Projections have Utah hanging on to claim a summit-four seed.

  • Projected seed: 4
  • Current starting time-round matchup:
    Mavericks
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. ii Grizzlies:Memphis has clinched with two-i head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. three Warriors:Jazz trail season series 2-1 with ane to play
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Mavericks:Jazz atomic number 82 flavour series 2-i with one to play
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Nuggets:
    Utah has clinched with iv-0 head-to-head advantage
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5. Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks trail the No. 4 Jazz by one in the loss column with one caput-to-head matchup remaining on March 27. Dallas has an effective three-game lead over No. six Denver with the tiebreaker already secured and 12 games to play.

  • Projected seed: 5
  • Electric current first-round matchup:
    Jazz
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. two Grizzlies:Dallas has clinched with iii-one caput-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. iii Warriors:Dallas has clinched with 3-1 head-to-head reward
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. iv Jazz:Dallas trails season series 2-1 with one to play
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Nuggets:Dallas has clinched with 2-1 head-to-head reward

6. Denver Nuggets

Denver trails the No. 5 Mavericks by an effective three games (Dallas owns tiebreaker) with 11 games to play. Denver’southward priority is to hang onto a elevation-six seed. It leads No. 7 Minnesota by ane in the loss column with one head-to-caput matchup remaining on April i. Should Minnesota win that game, information technology will also secure the tiebreaker over Denver and this controls its own destiny for a superlative-six seed.

  • Projected seed: half dozen
  • Electric current starting time-round matchup:
    Warriors
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Jazz:Utah has clinched with 4-0 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Mavericks:Dallas has clinched with 2-i head-to-head reward
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. seven Timberwolves:
    Denver trails flavor series two-1 with one game to play

Current PLAY-IN TEAMS

7. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Wolves have a existent shot to catch No. half-dozen Denver, which they trail by one in the loss column with ane caput-to-head matchup remaining (which volition decide the season tiebreaker). At worst, the Wolves are basically a lock to end upwardly as the No. seven seed with a seven-loss lead over the No. viii Clippers, which ways they’ll become two cracks at a play-in victory to secure a playoff spot.

  • Projected seed: 7
  • Electric current play-in matchup:
    Clippers
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Nuggets:
    Timberwolves lead flavor serial 2-i with i game to play
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. viii Clippers:L.A. has clinched with iii-1 head-to-caput advantage

8. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers are pretty firm in the No. 8 spot, trailing the No. 7 Timberwolves past seven in the loss column and leading the No. ix Lakers by an effective four with the Clippers having clinched the head-to-caput tiebreaker.

  • Projected seed: 8
  • Electric current play-in matchup:Timberwolves
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 7 Timberwolves:
    Clippers have clinched with 3-1 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. ix Lakers:Clippers have clinched with 4-0 head-to-head advantage

9. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are pretty much resigned to the second play-in game (they trail the No. 8 Clippers by an effective iv games with 12 to play). The only question is whether they’ll have home-courtroom advantage in that ix-x game. At nowadays, the Lakers atomic number 82 the No. 10 Pelicans by 1 game with two head-to-head matchups remaining.

If the Pelicans can win those 2 games, they would also secure the tiebreaker. The Lakers feel pretty safe to at to the lowest degree make the play-in with a iv-loss lead over the No. 12 Spurs.

  • Projected seed: ten
  • Current play-in matchup:Pelicans
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. viii Clippers:Clippers have clinched with 4-0 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. ten Pelicans:
    Lakers trail flavor series 1-0 with two matchups remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 12 Spurs:
    San Antonio currently owns via conference record (head-to-head tied two-2, neither team leads division)

ten. New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans trail the No. ix Lakers past 1 game with two head-to-caput matchups remaining, which will determine the tiebreaker, meaning New Orleans controls its ain destiny for the No. 9 seed. The Pelicans have opened upwards a three-loss lead over the No. 11 Spurs, but at that place are two head-to-head matchups remaining.

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  • Projected seed: 10
  • Electric current play-in matchup:
    Lakers
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Lakers:
    Pelicans lead flavour series i-0 with two matchups remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 12 Spurs:Pelicans trail flavor serial 2-0 with ii matchups remaining

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

  • No. xi San Antonio Spurs:
    Trailing No. 10 New Orleans by iii in the loss column with two matchups remaining.
  • No. xi Portland Trail Blazers: Trailing No. 10 New Orleans by ii in the loss column, simply causeless to be tanking.

EASTERN CONFERENCE


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FIGHT FOR NO. 1 SEED

1. Miami Heat

The Estrus own a ii-loss lead over No. 2 Milwaukee and No. 3 Philadelphia. Miami still plays the Sixers one more time.

  • Projected seed: 1
  • Electric current kickoff-round matchup:
    TBD (play-in results)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. two Milwaukee:Miami currently owns via briefing tape (season series 2-ii, both teams leading division)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Philadelphia:Heat lead flavor series 2-1 with i game to play

2. Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks sit down ahead of the No. 3 Sixers via win percentage (tied in the loss column). The Bucks nonetheless have ane matchup left with the Sixers on March 29. Milwaukee leads the No. iv Celtics by two in the loss cavalcade with one matchup remaining. Milwaukee leads No. 5 Chicago past 3 in the loss column with ii caput-to-heads remaining.

  • Projected seed: two
  • Current first-round matchup:
    Raptors vs. Nets play-in winner
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. i Miami:Miami currently owns via conference record (season series two-two, both teams leading segmentation)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Philadelphia:Season series tied 1-1 with i game remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Boston: Bucks trail season series 2-1 with i game remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. v Chicago: Bucks atomic number 82 season series 2-0 with two games remaining

three. Philadelphia 76ers

Philly is tied in the loss column with No. 2 Milwaukee with one head-to-caput matchup remaining. The Sixers hold a ii-loss lead over No. iv Boston (whoever finishes college would also hold tiebreaker as the Atlantic Segmentation winner and the season serial tied two-two). The Sixers take an effective iv-game pb over the No. five Bulls with the tiebreaker secured. Projections take the Sixers ending up every bit the No. 4 seed backside Boston.

  • Projected seed: four
  • Current first-circular matchup:Cavaliers
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 1 Miami:Sixers trail season series 2-1 with one game to play
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. ii Milwaukee:Flavour series tied one-one with one matchup remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Boston:
    Philly currently owns as Atlantic division leader (caput-to-caput tied 2-2)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. five Chicago: Sixers have clinched via iv-0 head-to-caput reward

BATTLE FOR TOP-FOUR SEED

4. Boston Celtics

The Celtics pb the No. five Bulls past one game with ane head-to-head matchup remaining which volition make up one’s mind the tiebreaker. Boston trails No. 3 Philadelphia and No. 2 Milwaukee by but two in the loss column. The Celtics nevertheless have one game left with the Bucks; winning that game would secure the tiebreaker over Milwaukee. SportsLine projections have Boston jumping Philly for the No. iii seed.

  • Projected seed: three
  • Current starting time-circular matchup: Bulls
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Milwaukee: Celtics atomic number 82 flavour series 2-1 with ane game remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Philadelphia: Philly currently owns every bit Atlantic partition leader (caput-to-head tied 2-two)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Chicago: Flavour series tied 1-one with one game remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. vi Cleveland: Celtics have clinched via 2-1 caput-to-head advantage

5. Chicago Bulls

The Bulls are sliding past notwithstanding decision-making their own destiny for a superlative-4 seed. They trail the Celtics past one in the loss column with one caput-to-caput matchup remaining, which would also secure the season tiebreaker. Problem is the Bulls too but atomic number 82 the No. 6 Cavaliers by one game with i head-to-caput matchup remaining.

  • Projected seed: 5
  • Electric current first-circular matchup:Celtics
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. ii Philadelphia:Sixers take clinched via 4-0 caput-to-head reward
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Milwaukee:
    Bulls trail flavour series two-0 with 2 games remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. v Boston: Flavor series tied 1-i with i game remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. half-dozen Cleveland:
    Chicago leads series 2-one with one matchup remaining
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six. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are one back of the No. 5 Bulls in the loss column with ane matchup remaining. Cleveland’s more pressing business organisation is staying out of the play-in; the Cavs pb the No. 7 Raptors by but one in the loss column. Fortunately, the Cavs ain the tiebreaker and so that lead is effectively ii.

  • Projected seed: 6
  • Current get-go-circular matchup: Sixers
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Chicago: Season serial tied 1-1 with ii games remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. five Boston: Celtics have clinched via 2-1 head-to-head advantage
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 7 Toronto: Cavs have clinched via 3-0 head-to-head advantage with game remaining

CURRENT PLAY-IN TEAMS

7. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors take crawled within one game in the loss column of the No. vi Cavs (Cleveland owns the tiebreaker and so that lead margin is finer two). As information technology stands right now, Toronto would play No. viii Brooklyn (which it leads by three in the loss column) in the get-go Eastern Conference play-in game.

  • Projected seed: 7
  • Current play-in matchup: Nets
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Cleveland: Cavs have clinched via iii-0 caput-to-caput advantage with game remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Brooklyn: Raptors currently hold via division winning percent (season series tied 2-2)

eight. Brooklyn Nets

The Nets remain three games back of the No. vii Raptors with 11 games to play. The Nets’ priority is staying in the first play-in game. They only atomic number 82 No. ix Atlanta and No. 10 Charlotte by one game in the loss column with i matchup remaining confronting each.

  • Projected seed: 8
  • Current play-in matchup: Raptors
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. seven Toronto: Raptors currently hold via division winning percent (season series tied 2-ii)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. ix Charlotte: Flavor series tied 1-1 with 1 matchup remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Atlanta:
    Nets have clinched via two-0 caput-to-caput advantage with i game remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 11 Washington:
    Nets currently own via conference record (flavor series tied 2-ii)

9. Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta is pretty safe to make the play-in with a five-loss lead over No. 11 New York and No. 12 Washington. Atlanta currently trails the No. 8 Nets by merely one in the loss column with one matchup remaining, just Brooklyn has clinched the tiebreaker. The Hawks are tied with No. 10 Charlotte, which owns the tiebreaker at present via a slightly better briefing tape. SportsLine projections have Atlanta falling behind Charlotte and ending upward as the No. 10 seed.

  • Projected seed: ten
  • Current play-in matchup: Hornets
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Brooklyn: Nets have clinched via 2-0 head-to-caput advantage with one game remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Charlotte: Charlotte currently owns via conference win percentage

ten. Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets have won three direct are tied with No. nine Atlanta in the loss column with 12 games remaining. Charlotte currently owns a one-game advantage on conference record, which would give it the tiebreaker. SportsLine projections have the Hornets passing the Hawks for the No. 9 seed. Catching the No. 8 Nets surely isn’t out of the question; Charlotte trails Brooklyn by ane game with one matchup remaining.

  • Projected seed: ix
  • Current play-in matchup: Hawks
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Brooklyn: Season serial tied 1-one with i matchup remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Atlanta: Hornets currently own via conference record

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

  • No. 11 New York Knicks:Five losses back of the nearest play-in spot (Charlotte)
  • No. 12 Washington Wizards: Five losses back of No. ten Charlotte

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