NBA Playoffs 2021: A Breakdown of what’s at Stake on the Last Day of the Regular Season

NBA Playoffs Standings 2021: With just 1 game left in the regular season, it is still not certain as to which teams will qualify for the playoffs directly and which teams would have to play the Play-In Tournament.

The Lakers have had a bad run with injuries and have been struggling to get into the top 6 seeds. That would mean that they would have to play the Play-In Tournament against the likes of Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, and San Antonio Spurs.

NBA Playoffs 2021: All you need to know about the Play-In Tournament

NBA Play-In Tournament: The team with the ninth-highest winning percentage in each conference will host the team with the tenth-highest winning percentage in its conference in a Play-In Game (the “Nine-Ten Game”).

The loser of the Seven-Eight Game will host the winner of the Nine-Ten Game in a Play-In Game, and the winner of that game will be the eighth seed in the playoffs for its conference.

NBA Playoffs Standings 2021: A breakdown of what’s at stake Sunday:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1: Philadelphia has clinched.

No. 2 and No. 3: Brooklyn can clinch No. 2 with a win Sunday against Cleveland, or with a Milwaukee loss on Saturday night against Miami, or a Bucks loss on Sunday night against Chicago. Milwaukee needs two wins and a Brooklyn loss; if all that doesn’t happen, the Bucks will be the No. 3 seed.

No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6: Atlanta would be no worse than No. 5 if it beats Houston on Sunday, and Miami would be no worse than No. 5 if it beats Milwaukee on Saturday night and Detroit on Sunday night. New York could beat Boston in its finale and still finish as low as No. 6, depending on what the Hawks and Heat do.

No. 7: Boston will be the No. 7 seed for the play-in.

No. 8: Sunday’s Charlotte-Washington winner will be the No. 8 seed.

No. 9 and No. 10: Indiana will be the No. 9 seed if it beats Toronto on Sunday and the Charlotte-Washington loser will be the No. 10 seed. If the Pacers lose, they will be the No. 10 seed and the Charlotte-Washington loser will be the No. 9 seed.

Eliminated: Chicago, Toronto, Cleveland, Orlando, Detroit.

NBA Playoffs 2021: WESTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 and No. 2: Phoenix will be the No. 1 seed with a win at San Antonio and a Utah loss in Sacramento. If the Spurs or Jazz win, the Jazz is the No. 1 seed and the Suns will finish in the No. 2 slot.

No. 3 and No. 4: Denver will be the No. 3 seed with a win in Portland, or a Los Angeles Clippers loss at Oklahoma City. If the Clippers win and the Nuggets lose, the Clippers will be No. 3, the Nuggets No. 4.

No. 5: Portland gets the No. 5 seed with a win over Denver and a Dallas loss to Minnesota. Unless both of those things happen, Dallas will be the No. 5 seed. If the Blazers win and the Mavs lose, Dallas will be the No. 6 seed.

No. 6 and No. 7: The only way the Lakers get to No. 6 is if they beat New Orleans and Portland loses to Denver. Otherwise, the Lakers finish No. 7.

No. 8 and No. 9: The winner of the Memphis at Golden State game is the No. 8 seed for the play-in, and the loser is the No. 9 seed.

No. 10: San Antonio is the No. 10 seed for the play-in.

Eliminated: New Orleans, Sacramento, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Houston.

The Lakers have had a bad run with injuries and have been struggling to get into the top 6 seeds. That would mean that they would have to play the Play-In Tournament against the likes of Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, and San Antonio Spurs.