NBA playoff portray: Lakers eliminated; Nets alter future for 7 seed; Jazz, Bulls, Raptors clinch top six

The Brooklyn Nets rallied past the New York Knicks on Wednesday and continue to control their own destiny for the No. 7 seed. The Nets trail the Cleveland Cavaliers, the current No. 7 seed, by one game and they play each other on Friday. If Brooklyn wins, it would also secure the tiebreaker. Also in the…

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The Brooklyn Nets rallied past the Original York Knicks on Wednesday and proceed to control their have future for the No. 7 seed. The Nets lumber the Cleveland Cavaliers, the present No. 7 seed, by one sport and so that they play every various on Friday. If Brooklyn wins, it would also stable the tiebreaker. 

Additionally in the East, the 2-seed Boston Celtics hit the 50-snatch assign and stay tied in the loss column with No. 3 Milwaukee and No. 4 Philadelphia. The Celtics play the Bucks on Thursday in a sport that can budge a protracted manner in sussing out this three-group logjam. 

We'll be keeping finish tabs on the playoff budge with each day updates the remainder of the style. Below is the place things stand coming into play on Thursday, April 7.

NOTE: Our SportsLine mannequin, developed by predictive details engineer Stephen Oh, simulates your complete season 10,000 times and is repeatedly updating to contemplate changing circumstances to plot essentially the most just and proper projections imaginable

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Phoenix Suns

Phoenix has clinched the No. 1 overall seed. 

  • Present first-spherical matchup:  TBD (play-in results)  

2. Memphis Grizzlies 

The Grizzlies be pleased clinched the No. 2 seed. 

  • Present first-spherical matchup:  Timberwolves vs. Clippers play-in winner

3. Golden Voice Warriors

The Warriors stay one sport up on No. 4 Dallas in the loss column with three to play. Golden Voice has clinched a top-four seed. 

  • Projected seed:  3
  • Present first-spherical matchup: Nuggets
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Mavericks: Dallas has clinched with 3-1 head-to-head earnings

4. Dallas Mavericks 

The Mavericks clinched a top-four seed with their snatch over Detroit on Wednesday. Dallas is one sport abet of No. 3 Golden Voice in the loss column with two to play, and Dallas has the tiebreaker. 

  • Projected seed:  4

  • Present first-spherical matchup: Jazz

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Warriors: Dallas has clinched with a 3-1 head-to-head earnings

5. Utah Jazz 

The Jazz clinched a top-six seed with their snatch over Memphis on Tuesday. They're one sport up on No. 6 Denver in the loss column with three to play. 

  • Projected seed:  6
  • Present first-spherical matchup: Mavericks
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Nuggets: Jazz be pleased clinched with a 4-0 head-to-head earnings

6. Denver Nuggets 

The Nuggets fell to the Spurs on Tuesday and for the time being are one sport abet of the No. 5 Jazz in the loss column with two to play, and the Jazz be pleased the tiebreaker. The Nuggets could tumble into the play-in if they lose their closing two games and Minnesota wins its closing two because the Wolves be pleased the tiebreaker. 

  • Projected seed:  5

  • Present play-in matchup: Warriors
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Jazz: Utah has clinched with 4-0 head-to-head earnings
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 7 Timberwolves: Timberwolves be pleased clinched by potential of 3-1 head-to-head earnings

CURRENT PLAY-IN TEAMS

7. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves composed be pleased a glimmer of hope alive for a top-six seed. Minnesota trails the Nuggets by two games with two to play and the Wolves alter the tiebreaker. They must protect out 2-0 and be pleased the Nuggets lift out 0-2. 

  • Projected seed:  7

  • Present play-in matchup:  Clippers

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Nuggets: Timberwolves be pleased clinched by potential of 2-1 head-to-head earnings

8. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers are locked into the No. 8 seed. 

  • Projected seed:  8

  • Present play-in matchup: Timberwolves
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Pelicans: Original Orleans has clinched with 3-0 head-to-head earnings

9. Original Orleans Pelicans

Original Orleans leads the No. 10 Spurs by fair appropriate one sport in the loss column with three to play, and the Spurs be pleased the tiebreaker. Original Orleans can no longer lift out any better than the No. 9 seed. 

  • Projected seed:  9

  • Present play-in matchup: Spurs

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Spurs: San Antonio has clinched by potential of 3-1 head-to-head earnings

10. San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs clinched a play-in berth on Tuesday with their snatch over the Nuggets and the Lakers loss to Phoenix. San Antonio can composed grab the No. 9 Pelicans, whom they lumber by one sport in the loss column with three left and the tiebreaker in hand. The Spurs can't lift out any better than the No. 9 seed. 

  • Projected seed: 10

  • Present play-in matchup:  Pelicans
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Pelicans: San Antonio has clinched by potential of 3-1 head-to-head earnings

EASTERN CONFERENCE

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1. Miami Heat

The Heat be pleased a magic style of one to seal the No. 1 seed, with a 3-sport lead against Boston and Milwaukee and three games to play. The No. 4 Sixers can no longer pass Miami, which has sealed that tiebreaker as either a division winner or with the next convention document. 

  • Projected seed:  1
  • Present first-spherical matchup: TBD (play-in results)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Boston: Celtics be pleased clinched by potential of a 2-1 head-to-head earnings

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Milwaukee: Heat for the time being have by potential of convention document (season series 2-2, both groups main division)

2. Boston Celtics

The Celtics beat Chicago for his or her 50th snatch of the One year on Wednesday. The Celtics would have to snatch their closing two games and be pleased Miami lose its closing two games for Boston to declare the No. 1 seed. The Celtics are in a 3-manner tie with the No. 3 Bucks and No. 4 Sixers in the loss column. 

If it ends in a 3-manner tie, Milwaukee would for the time being be pleased the brink with a 4-2 blended document against the Celtics and Sixers. Boston would land at No. 3 with a 4-3 document against the Bucks and Sixers, and the Sixers would cease up No. 4 with a 3-4 document against the Bucks and Celtics. 

BUT, Milwaukee and Boston composed be pleased one sport left on Thursday, so as that can clearly affect these details. So cease tuned. 

  • Projected seed:  2

  • Present first-spherical matchup:  Cavs vs. Nets play-in winner

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 1 Miami: Celtics be pleased clinched by potential of 2-0 head-to-head earnings with one matchup left
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Milwaukee:  Celtics lead season series 2-1 with one sport closing
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Philadelphia:  Celtics for the time being have with better Atlantic division document (head-to-head tied 2-2)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Toronto: Boston for the time being owns as Atlantic division chief

3. Milwaukee Bucks

With three to play, the Bucks are tied with the No. 2 Celtics and No. 4 Sixers in the loss column; they composed be pleased one sport vs. Boston left in a sport that could seal the tiebreaker for Boston.

If it ends in a 3-manner tie between the Bucks, Celtics and Sixers, Milwaukee would for the time being be pleased the brink with a 4-2 blended document against the Celtics and Sixers. Boston would land at No. 3 with a 4-3 document against the Bucks and Sixers, and the Sixers would cease up No. 4 with a 3-4 document against the Bucks and Celtics. Nonetheless as acknowledged above, Milwaukee and Boston composed be pleased one sport left on Thursday, so as that can clearly affect these details. So cease tuned. 

  • Projected seed:  3

  • Present first-spherical matchup: Bulls

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 1 Miami: Miami for the time being owns by potential of convention document (season series 2-2, both groups main division)

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Boston:  Bucks lumber season series 2-1 with one sport closing
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Philadelphia: Bucks be pleased clinched by potential of 2-1 head-to-head earnings
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Toronto:  Raptors be pleased clinched by potential of 3-0 head-to-head earnings

4. Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers are tied in the loss column with the No. 2 Celtics and No. 3 Bucks. If it ends up in a 3-manner tie between the Celtics, Bucks and Sixers, the Sixers would cease up because the No. 4 seed regardless of who wins the game between Milwaukee and Boston on Thursday on chronicle of they're handiest 3-4 against those two groups, and Boston and Milwaukee can no longer dip to that low of a snatch share amongst the three groups alive to.

If the Sixers and Celtics performed tied, being that they're both in the Atlantic Division and the season series is tied 2-2, the following tiebreaker can be division document, which Boston has cinched (9-7 vs. 6-9 for Philly). 

  • Projected seed:  4

  • Present first-spherical matchup: Raptors

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 1 Miami: Miami for the time being owns by potential of convention document (season series tied 2-2, both groups main division)  

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Boston:  Boston has clinched by potential of Atlantic division document
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Milwaukee: Bucks be pleased clinched by potential of 2-1 head-to-head earnings
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Toronto: Raptors lead season series 2-1 with one head-to-head closing

5. Toronto Raptors  

The Raptors clinched a playoff tell with their snatch over the Hawks on Tuesday. Toronto is 2 games up on the No. 6 Bulls with three games left (Chicago owns tiebreaker). 

  • Projected seed:  5

  • Present play-in matchup:  76ers

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Boston:  Celtics for the time being have as Atlantic division chief
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 3 Milwaukee: Raptors be pleased clinched by potential of 3-0 head-to-head earnings
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Philadelphia:  Raptors lead season series 2-1 with one head-to-head closing
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 6 Chicago: Chicago has clinched the tiebreaker by potential of 3-1 head-to-head earnings

6. Chicago Bulls

The Bulls misplaced to Boston on Wednesday to tumble two games abet of No. 5 Toronto in the loss column with two to play. The Bulls be pleased clinched a playoff tell and can no longer upward push above the No. 5 seed.

  • Projected seed:  6

  • Present first-spherical matchup: Bucks
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 5 Toronto:  Chicago has clinched the tiebreaker by potential of 3-1 head-to-head earnings

CURRENT PLAY-IN TEAMS

7. Cleveland Cavaliers 

The Cavaliers misplaced to Orlando on Tuesday and are fair appropriate one sport up on No. 8 Brooklyn and No. 9 Atlanta with two to play. One among those games is Friday against the Nets, who would pass Cleveland with a head-to-head victory that could also seal the tiebreaker for Brooklyn. Atlanta also owns the tiebreaker over Cleveland. The Cavs can no longer upward push into the quit six.  

  • Projected seed:  8

  • Present first-spherical matchup:  Nets
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Brooklyn:  Nets lead season series 2-1 with one matchup closing
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Atlanta: Hawks be pleased clinched by potential of 3-1 head-to-head earnings
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Charlotte: Cleveland for the time being owns by potential of convention document (season series tied 2-2)

8. Brooklyn Nets 

The Nets rallied to beat the Knicks on Wednesday to stay in the No. 8 tell. The Nets are tied with the No. 9 Hawks but be pleased sealed the tiebreaker. Each and every group has two games left. Brooklyn is one abet of No. 7 Cleveland, which it plays on Friday, If they snatch that sport, they would seal the tiebreaker over Cleveland, that formulation the Nets alter their have future for the No. 7 seed. 

  • Projected seed:  7

  • Present play-in matchup:  Hornets
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 7 Cleveland:  Nets lead season series 2-1 with one matchup closing
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Atlanta:  Nets be pleased clinched by potential of 2-1 head-to-head earnings
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Charlotte:  Hornets be pleased clinched by potential of 2-1 head-to-head earnings

9. Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks defeated the Wizards on Wednesday and stay tied with the No. 8 Nets (Brooklyn owns tiebreaker). Each and every group has two games closing. The Hawks lead the No. 10 Hornets by one sport and for the time being have the tiebreaker by potential of convention snatch share, but that is intention from decided (every group has 25 convention losses for the time being; Charlotte has three Eastern Conference games closing and the Hawks be pleased one). 

  • Projected seed:  9

  • Present play-in matchup:  Cavs

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Brooklyn:  Nets be pleased clinched by potential of 2-1 head-to-head earnings

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 10 Charlotte:  Atlanta for the time being owns by potential of convention snatch share

10. Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets are one abet of the No. 9 Hawks and No. 8 Nets. Charlotte has clinched the tiebreaker over Brooklyn and could composed accomplish the tiebreaker over Atlanta by potential of convention document (every group has 25 convention losses for the time being; Charlotte has three Eastern Conference games closing and the Hawks be pleased two). 

  • Projected seed:  10

  • Present play-in matchup:  Nets

  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 7 Cleveland: Cavs for the time being have by potential of convention document (season series tied 2-2)
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 8 Brooklyn:  Hornets be pleased clinched by potential of 2-1 head-to-head earnings
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 9 Atlanta:  Hornets for the time being have by potential of convention document (season series tied 2-2)

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