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2022 NBA Playoff Image: Lakers fall again beneath play-in line; Nets, Hornets, Hawks in three-way tie for No. 8


The Lakers discovered themselves again contained in the play-in image for about 24 hours after San Antonio misplaced to Memphis on Wednesday, then they dropped proper again out with their very own loss to Utah on Thursday. The Lakers are actually at No. 11 within the West, tied within the loss column with San Antonio, which owns the tiebreaker by way of convention report. 

Within the East, the Sixers fell to No. 4 after their loss to Detroit. Boston technically strikes forward of the Sixers by advantage of getting yet one more victory, however they’re tied within the loss column. 

Additionally within the East, the No. 8 Nets fell right into a three-way tie with the No. 9 Hornets and No. 10 Hawks. We’ll clarify the three-way tiebreaker guidelines beneath. 

The Knicks and Wizards have each been formally eradicated, so the East’s 10 postseason groups are set with it simply being a matter of seeding from this level ahead. 

We’ll be maintaining shut tabs on the playoff race with every day updates the remainder of the best way. Under is the place issues stand getting into play on Friday, April 1.

NOTE: Our SportsLine mannequin, developed by predictive knowledge engineer Stephen Oh, simulates the whole season 10,000 instances and is consistently updating to mirror altering circumstances to provide essentially the most unbiased and exact projections possible

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Phoenix has clinched the No. 1 general seed. 

  • Present first-round matchup: TBD (play-in outcomes)  

The Grizzlies have clinched the No. 2 seed. 

3. Dallas Mavericks 

The Mavericks and Warriors are tied within the loss column (Dallas has sealed the tiebreaker). Dallas is an efficient three video games up on No. 6 Denver with the tiebreaker secured, and two video games up on No. 5 Utah (Jazz at the moment personal tiebreaker). Dallas has clinched a playoff spot. 

  • Projected seed: 3
  • Present first-round matchup: Nuggets
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Warriors: Dallas has clinched with 3-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Jazz: Utah at the moment owns as division chief (season sequence tied 2-2)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Nuggets: Dallas has clinched with 2-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 7 Timberwolves: Dallas leads season sequence 2-1 with one sport to play

4. Golden State Warriors

The Warriors are tied within the loss column with Dallas (Mavericks personal the tiebreaker). The Warriors lead the No. 5 Jazz and No. 6 Nuggets by two within the loss column. Golden State performs its last head-to-head vs. Utah on Saturday. 

  • Projected seed: 4
  • Present first-round matchup: Jazz
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Mavericks: Dallas has clinched with 3-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Jazz: Warriors lead season sequence 2-1 with one to play
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Denver: Nuggets have clinched by way of 3-1 head-to-head benefit

5. Utah Jazz 

Utah is tied within the loss column with No. 6 Denver and has clinched the tiebreaker. The Jazz path No. 4 Golden State by two within the loss column with one head-to-head remaining. 

  • Projected seed: 5
  • Present first-round matchup: Warriors
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Mavericks: Utah at the moment owns as division chief (season sequence tied 2-2)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Warriors: Jazz path season sequence 2-1 with one to play
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Nuggets: Jazz have clinched with 4-0 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 7 Timberwolves: Jazz have clinched by way of 3-1 head-to-head benefit

6. Denver Nuggets 

The Nuggets are tied with the Jazz within the loss column (Utah owns the tiebreaker) with 5 video games remaining. Denver is three video games up on the Timberwolves with one head-to-head matchup remaining. 

  • Projected seed: 6
  • Present play-in matchup: Mavericks
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Mavericks: Dallas has clinched with 2-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Warriors: Nuggets have clinched by way of 3-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Jazz: Utah has clinched with 4-0 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 7 Timberwolves: Denver trails season sequence 2-1 with one sport to play

CURRENT PLAY-IN TEAMS

7. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves fell to Toronto on Wednesday and are actually three video games again within the loss column of the No. 6 Nuggets, whom they play on Friday evening. They path the No. 5 Jazz by an efficient 4 video games as Utah has sealed the tiebreaker. 

  • Projected seed: 7
  • Present play-in matchup: Clippers
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Jazz: Utah has clinched by way of 3-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Nuggets: Timberwolves lead season sequence 2-1 with one sport to play

8. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers have sealed a spot within the play-in tourney; they cannot get into the highest six they usually cannot fall out of the highest 10. They’re virtually assured of ending at No. 8 with a three-game lead on the Pelicans with 5 to play. 

  • Projected seed: 8
  • Present play-in matchup: Timberwolves
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Pelicans: New Orleans has clinched with 3-0 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Lakers: Clippers have clinched with 4-0 head-to-head benefit

9. New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans is 2 video games up on the No. 10 Spurs and No. 11 Lakers. New Orleans has one sport left vs. the Lakers on Friday.

  • Projected seed: 9
  • Present play-in matchup: Spurs
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Spurs: San Antonio has clinched by way of 3-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 11 Lakers: Pelicans have clinched by way of 2-0 head-to-head benefit with one matchup left

10. San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs moved into the No. 10 seed by advantage of the Lakers’ loss to Utah on Thursday. San Antonio is tied with the Lakers however at the moment owns the tiebreaker by the use of a greater convention report. San Antonio trails the No. 9 Pelicans by two within the loss column (Spurs have the tiebreaker). 

  • Projected seed: 10
  • Present play-in matchup: Pelicans
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Pelicans: San Antonio has clinched by way of 3-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 11 Lakers: San Antonio at the moment owns by way of convention report (head-to-head tied 2-2, neither crew leads division)

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

  • Los Angeles Lakers: Tied with No. 10 San Antonio (Spurs personal tiebreaker)

EASTERN CONFERENCE


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The Warmth defeated Boston on Wednesday and stay tied with No. 2 Milwaukee within the loss column (Miami owns the tiebreaker by way of convention report). The Warmth have a two-loss lead over the No. 3 Celtics and No. 4 Sixers with 5 video games to play The Warmth have clinched a playoff spot. 

  • Projected seed: 1
  • Present first-round matchup: TBD (play-in outcomes)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Milwaukee: Warmth at the moment personal by way of convention report (season sequence 2-2, each groups main division)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Boston: Celtics have clinched by way of 2-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Philadelphia: Warmth at the moment personal as division chief (season sequence tied 2-2)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Chicago: Warmth have clinched by way of 3-0 head-to-head benefit with one matchup remaining

The Bucks edged the Nets on Thursday and stay tied within the loss column with the No. 1 Warmth (tiebreaker information beneath). The Bucks lead the No. 3 Celtics and No. 4 Sixers by two video games within the loss column; they nonetheless have one sport vs. Boston left. Milwaukee has clinched a playoff spot. 

  • Projected seed: 2
  • Present first-round matchup: Cavs vs. Nets play-in winner
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 1 Miami: Miami at the moment owns by way of convention report (season sequence 2-2, each groups main division)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Boston: Bucks path season sequence 2-1 with one sport remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Philadelphia: Bucks have clinched by way of 2-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Chicago: Bucks lead season sequence 2-0 with two video games remaining

The Celtics are tied within the loss column with the No. 4 Sixers and are two again of No. 2 Milwaukee and No. 1 Miami. Boston has yet one more sport vs. Milwaukee. Boston leads No. 5 Chicago and No. 6 Toronto by two within the loss column with one sport remaining vs. the Bulls, which is able to resolve the tiebreaker. The Celtics have clinched a playoff spot. 

  • Projected seed: 3
  • Present first-round matchup: Raptors
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 1 Miami: Celtics have clinched by way of 2-0 head-to-head benefit with one matchup left
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Milwaukee: Celtics lead season sequence 2-1 with one sport remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Philadelphia: Celtics at the moment personal with higher Atlantic division report (head-to-head tied 2-2)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Chicago: Season sequence tied 1-1 with one sport remaining

The Sixers misplaced to Detroit on Thursday to drop to the No. 4 seed, tied within the loss column with the No. 3 Celtics and two again of the No. 2 Bucks and No. 1 Warmth. If the Sixers and Celtics completed tied, being that they are each within the Atlantic Division and the season sequence is tied 2-2, the subsequent tiebreaker could be division report, which might go to Boston in the intervening time (9-7 vs. 6-9 for Philly). 

  • Projected seed: 4
  • Present first-round matchup: Bulls
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 1 Miami: Miami at the moment owns by way of convention report (season sequence tied 2-2, each groups main division)  
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Milwaukee: Bucks have clinched by way of 2-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Boston: Boston at the moment owns with higher Atlantic division report (head-to-head tied 2-2)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Chicago: Sixers have clinched by way of 4-0 head-to-head benefit

5. Chicago Bulls

The Bulls a principally assured of a top-six seed with an efficient four-game lead over the No. 7 Cavs with 5 to play. Chicago is tied within the loss column with No. 6 Toronto (Bulls have clinched the tiebreaker), and it trails No. 4 Boston by two video games with one head-to-head remaining. SportsLine projections have Chicago falling beneath Toronto to the No. 6 seed. 

  • Projected seed: 6
  • Present first-round matchup: 76ers
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 1 Miami: Warmth have clinched by way of 3-0 head-to-head benefit with one matchup remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Milwaukee: Bulls path season sequence 2-0 with two video games remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Philadelphia: Sixers have clinched by way of 4-0 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Boston: Season sequence tied 1-1 with one sport remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Toronto: Chicago has clinched tiebreaker by way of 3-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 7 Cleveland: Chicago has clinched by way of 3-1 head-to-head benefit

6. Toronto Raptors 

The Raptors are three video games forward of the Cavs for the No. 6 seed (Cleveland has the tiebreaker). The Raptors are tied with the No. 5 Bulls (Chicago has clinched the tiebreaker). SportsLine projections have the Raptors leaping Chicago and ending because the No. 5 seed. 

  • Projected seed: 5
  • Present play-in matchup: Celtics
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Chicago: Chicago has clinched tiebreaker by way of 3-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 7 Cleveland: Cavs have clinched by way of 3-0 head-to-head benefit with sport remaining

CURRENT PLAY-IN TEAMS

The Cavaliers are three video games again of the No. 6 Raptors (Cleveland has the tiebreaker) and the No. 5 Bulls (Chicago has the tiebreaker). The Cavs have a two-game lead over the No. 8 Nets with 5 to play, they usually play one another within the last week of the season. 

  • Projected seed: 7
  • Present first-round matchup: Nets
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Chicago: Bulls have clinched by way of 3-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Toronto: Cavs have clinched by way of 3-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Brooklyn: Nets lead season sequence 2-1 with one matchup remaining

8. Brooklyn Nets 

The Nets fell to Milwaukee on Thursday and are actually in a three-way tie with No. 9 Charlotte and No. 10 Atlanta with 5 video games to play. At current, Brooklyn will get the sting because the No. 8 seed as a result of in a three-way tie amongst non-division leaders, the head-to-head profitable share towards the groups concerned within the tie turns into the subsequent tiebreaker. Proper now, Brooklyn is a mixed 3-2 vs. Atlanta and Charlotte; Charlotte is 4-4 towards Brooklyn and Atlanta; Atlanta is 2-4 towards Charlotte and Brooklyn.

  • Projected seed: 8
  • Present play-in matchup: Cavs
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 7 Cleveland: Nets lead season sequence 2-1 with one matchup remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Charlotte: Hornets have clinched by way of 2-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Atlanta: Nets have clinched by way of 2-0 head-to-head benefit with one sport remaining

The Hornets are in a three-way tie with the No. 8 Nets and No. 10 Hawks. At current, Brooklyn will get the sting because the No. 8 seed as a result of in a three-way tie amongst non-division leaders, the head-to-head profitable share towards the groups concerned within the tie turns into the subsequent tiebreaker. Proper now, Brooklyn is a mixed 3-2 vs. Atlanta and Charlotte; Charlotte is 4-4 towards Brooklyn and Atlanta; Atlanta is 2-4 towards Charlotte and Brooklyn.

  • Projected seed: 9
  • Present play-in matchup: Hawks
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Brooklyn: Hornets have clinched by way of 2-1 head-to-head benefit
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Atlanta: Hornets at the moment personal by way of convention report (season sequence tied 2-2)

The Hawks are in a three-way tie with the No. 8 Nets and No. 9 Hornets. At current, Brooklyn will get the sting because the No. 8 seed as a result of in a three-way tie amongst non-division leaders, the head-to-head profitable share towards the groups concerned within the tie turns into the subsequent tiebreaker. Proper now, Brooklyn is a mixed 3-2 vs. Atlanta and Charlotte; Charlotte is 4-4 towards Brooklyn and Atlanta; Atlanta is 2-4 towards Charlotte and Brooklyn.

  • Projected seed: 10
  • Present play-in matchup: Hornets
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Brooklyn: Nets have clinched by way of 2-0 head-to-head benefit with one sport remaining
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Charlotte: Charlotte at the moment owns by way of convention win share





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