After the 2020-21 NBA season ends on May 16, the NBA Play-In Tournament begins on May 18 and will last through May 21, with the 2021 NBA Playoffs beginning on May 22.
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For more on how the Play-In Tournament works, we've got you covered here.
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Now, onto the races…
Eastern Conference | Western Conference
Through games played on Sunday, May 15.
Eastern Conference Play-In Tournament
No. 7 Boston Celtics vs. No. 8 Washington Wizards
No. 9 Indiana Pacers vs. No. 10 Charlotte Hornets
7. Boston Celtics
8. Washington Wizards
9. Indiana Pacers
10. Charlotte Hornets
No. 7 TBD vs. No. 8 Golden State Warriors
No. 9 Memphis Grizzlies vs. No. 10 San Antonio Spurs
6. Portland Trail Blazers
Remaining SOS: .577
Tiebreakers: 2-1 vs. Mavericks, 2-1 vs. Lakers
With one game left on their schedule, Portland will need to beat the Nuggets to avoid the Play-In tournament for the second year in a row.
Final game: vs. Nuggets
7. Los Angeles Lakers
Tiebreakers : 1-2 vs. Trail Blazers, 1-2 vs. Mavericks
The defending champs as a Play-In team? A free fall in the West standings resulting from injuries to Anthony Davis and LeBron James means it's a realistic outcome. On the final day of the season, the Lakers can avoid the Play-In with a win and some help from the Nuggets, who would need to defeat the lakers.
Los Angeles can only finish in sixth or seventh.
Final game: vs. Pelicans
8. Golden State Warriors
9. Memphis Grizzlies
10. San Antonio Spurs
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