How Monday's NBA results impact the playoff race in the Eastern and Western Conference

The NBA restart at Walt Disney World continued with a six-game schedule on Monday.

There's plenty on the line in these seeding games, with teams still jockeying for playoff positions in both the Eastern and Western Conferences.

How did today's results impact the standings? Below, find a rundown of what has transpired…


Toronto Raptors 107, Miami Heat 103

A career-night from Fred VanVleet helped the Raptors make it a perfect 2-0 start in the bubble.

VanVleet finished with a career-high 36 points on 8-of-16 from the field, including 7-of-12 from the three-point line and 13-of-13 from the free-throw line.

What it means: The Raptors tighten their grip on the second seed in the East, moving 4.0 games clear of the Boston Celtics. Meanwhile, the Heat see their lead over the fifth-seed Indiana pacers cut to just 1.0 game.

Denver Nuggets 121, Oklahoma City Thunder 113 [OT]

The Nuggets picked up their first win in the seeding games, thanks to a breakout performance from Michael Porter Jr.

The 6'10" rookie poured in a career-high 37 points and 12 rebounds, becoming the third Nuggets rookie ever to record 35+ points and 10+ rebounds in a game, joining Carmelo Anthony (2004) and Dikemebe Mutombo (1992).

Porter Jr. owned the first half, before Nikola Jokic took over the second, scoring 23 of his 30 points after the half. He added 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 13th triple-double of the season.

What it means: No movement in the standings for either team, but the Nuggets edge closer to the LA Clippers in the second seed, now just 1.5 games back.

The Thunder remain in sixth and thanks to the Jazz's loss to the Lakers, they remain half a game back of Utah.

Indiana Pacers 111, Washington Wizards 100

The Pacers move to 2-0 in the bubble, thanks to another HUGE performance from T.J. Warren.

Warren followed up his 53-point outing, recording 34 points and 11 rebounds, giving him 87 points in his first two games. He tied Jermaine O'Neal's record for the second-most points ever scored by a Pacer in a two-game span.

What it means: The Pacers are now just 1.0 game back of the Miami Heat for the fourth seed in the East and with the teams playing each other twice in the remaining seeding games, it's going right down to the wire.

Meanwhile, the Wizards face a tough task to sneak into the post-season, now falling 7.5 games back of the Brooklyn Nets in eighth.

New Orleans Pelicans 109, Memphis Grizzlies 99

The Pelicans made strides in their push for the post-season with victory over the eight-seed Grizzlies, who have started their campaign 0-3.

Encouragingly for the Pelicans, Zion Williamson was on the floor for extended stretches after playing just 15 and 14 minutes in their opening two scrimmages.

He played 25 minutes in this one, finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Brandon Ingram led the way with 24 points.

What it means: The race in the West is well and truly alive with seeds 8-13 now separated by just 3.5 games. The Pelicans are now 1-2 through three games, sitting 11th, 2.5 games back from the Grizzlies.

For teams to make the play-in tournament, they need to finish within 4.0 games of the eighth seed.

Philadelphia 76ers 132, San Antonio Spurs 130

Shake Milton was the hero for the 76ers in their second seeding game, knocking down a clutch 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds remaining to put them in front for good.

He finished with 16 points in 25 minutes on court.

Early foul trouble plagued Ben Simmons, who finished with just eight points and five assists, but Joel Embiid (27 points), Tobias Harris (25) and Josh Richardson (19) enjoyed productive games on the offensive end.

Their defence still has some work to do, after giving up 43 points in the fourth quarter and only just escaping with the W.

"I think it stinks," head coach Brett Brown of their defence post-game.

"I think it's not anything that we are, or believe in, or talk about. We were very lucky to win tonight. In two closeout periods against Indiana was 46, tonight it was 43, that is not going to get anything of any importance done.

DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 30 points, while Rudy Gay added 24 off the bench.

What it means: The 76ers remain 1.0 game back of the Indiana Pacers as the race for playoff seeding in the East gets tighter.

The Spurs, who started their seeding games 2-0, drop to 10th in the West and with the New Orleans Pelicans picking up their first win, they hold just a half game lead.

Los Angeles Lakers 116, Utah Jazz 108

It was the Anthony Davis show against the Jazz as the Lakers secured the No.1 seed in the Western Conference with an impressive win.

After struggling against the Toronto Raptors in their opening seeding game, Davis was unstoppable against the Jazz, recording 42 points on 13-28 shooting from the field, 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block.

He buried a team-high four 3-pointers, including this four-point play to ice the game.

LeBron James added 22 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds, while and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in 10 points and Dwight Howard 11 off the bench.

Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 33 points and Mike Conley Jr. continued his good form in the bubble with 24 points and eight assists. Rudy Gobert finished with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds.

What it means: With their 51st win of the season, the Lakers secure the No.1 seed in the West for the first time since 2010, holding a 6.0 game lead over the LA Clippers.

Meanwhile, the Jazz fall to 1-2 through their opening three seeding games, just half a game in front of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Current Standings

1 x - Milwaukee Bucks 54 13 - 1 x - Los Angeles Lakers 51 15
2 x - Toronto Raptors 48 18 6.0 2 x - LA Clippers 45 21 6.0
3 x - Boston Celtics 44 22 9.5 3 x - Denver Nuggets 43 23 7.5
4 x - Miami Heat 42 25 12 4 x - Houston Rockets 42 24 9
5 x - Indiana Pacers 41 26 13 5 x - Utah Jazz 42 25 9.5
6 x - Philadelphia 76ers 40 27 14 6 x - Oklahoma City Thunder 41 25 10.0
7 Orlando Magic 32 35 22 7 x- Dallas Mavericks 40 29 12.5
8 Brooklyn Nets 31 35 22.5 8 Memphis Grizzlies 32 36 20
9 Washington Wizards 24 43 30 9 Portland Trail Blazers 30 38 22
10 San Antonio Spurs 29 37 22
11 New Orleans Pelicans 29 38 22.5
12 Sacramento Kings 28 38 23
13 Phoenix Suns 28 39 23.5

x - Clinched Playoffs Berth

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