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Breaking Down the NBA Playoff and Play-In Scenarios The NBA’s regular season is coming to an end, and the playoff and Play-In scenarios are heating up. The Play-In Tournament is adding drama to the final days and weeks of the regular season by keeping a pathway to the postseason alive for as many teams as […]

Breaking Down the NBA Playoff and Play-In Scenarios

The NBA’s regular season is coming to an end, and the playoff and Play-In scenarios are heating up. The Play-In Tournament is adding drama to the final days and weeks of the regular season by keeping a pathway to the postseason alive for as many teams as possible. Two guaranteed spots in the playoffs and three spots in the Play-In Tournament in the Western Conference will be decided on the final day of the regular season, as all 30 teams play to send off the year in style. While the East seeding is set heading into Sunday’s action, only half of the field is locked in for the Western Conference.

The Western Conference Playoff Scenarios

The fifth through ninth spots in the West are yet to be decided among five teams: LA Clippers, Golden State, LA Lakers, New Orleans, and Minnesota. Their playoff seeds will be determined by the following four games, all tipping off at 3:30 p.m. ET. There are 16 different scenarios that can play out based on the outcomes of these four games. Four of the five teams involved have a chance at a top-six finish and a guaranteed playoff berth, while Minnesota is guaranteed to compete in the Play-In Tournament. New Orleans is the only team that can finish as high as fifth or as low as ninth by the end of Sunday.

The Eastern Conference Scenarios

The Eastern Conference seeding is set heading into Sunday’s action. Joel Embiid is poised to become the 13th player in NBA history to win consecutive scoring titles. While there is plenty of drama on the final day of the season, the race for the scoring title has pretty much been run. Sixers center Joel Embiid is poised to lead the league in scoring for the second straight season with a career-best average of 33.1 points per game.

Stat Milestones

Nikola Jokic will finish the season with the most assists per game by a center in NBA history. Jokic finished with a league-leading 29 triple-doubles on the season to bring his career total to 105. Only two players in NBA history have ever reached 300 3-pointers made in a single season: Stephen Curry has done it four times, and James Harden has done it once. Curry’s splash brother Klay Thompson enters the final game of the regular season needing five triples to join that exclusive club. The Kings enter the final day of the regular season with an offensive efficiency of 118.9 points scored per 100 possessions, the highest mark in league history.

Conclusion

The NBA’s regular season is coming to an end, and the playoff and Play-In scenarios are heating up. The Western Conference playoff seeds will be determined by the following four games, all tipping off at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Eastern Conference seeding is set heading into Sunday’s action, and Joel Embiid is poised to become the 13th player in NBA history to win consecutive scoring titles. Nikola Jokic will finish the season with the most assists per game by a center in NBA history, and Klay Thompson needs five triples to join the exclusive club of players who have made 300 3-pointers in a single season. The Kings enter the final day of the regular season with the highest offensive efficiency in league history.

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