Every possible NBA playoff seeding scenario: Lakers have one way out of play-in; Warriors-Grizzlies for No. 8


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The NBA’s shortened 2020-21 regular season comes to an end on Sunday, and there are still a plethora of ways this could all shake out. A few teams are playing to win. More than a few teams could be playing to lose. No matter what teams say publicly, they all have preferred matchups. Below is every possible seeding scenario, entering Sunday’s action. 

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Western Conference

No. 1 and 2 seed

Jazz win + Suns win = Utah No. 1 seed, Phoenix No. 2 seedJazz win + Suns loss = Utah No. 1 seed, Phoenix No. 2 seed
Jazz loss + Suns win = Phoenix No. 1 seed, Utah No. 2 seed

No. 3 and 4 seed

Nuggets win + Clippers win = Denver No. 3 seed, L.A. No. 4 seed
Nuggets win + Clippers loss = Denver No. 3 seed, L.A. No. 4 seed
Nuggets loss + Clippers loss = Denver No. 3 seed, L.A. No. 4 seed
Nuggets loss + Clippers win = L.A. No. 3 seed, Denver No. 4 seed

No. 5, 6 and 7 seed

Mavericks win + Blazers win + Lakers win = Dallas No. 5 seed, Portland No. 6 seed, L.A. No. 7 seed
Mavericks win + Blazers loss + Lakers win = Dallas No. 5 seed, L.A. No. 6 seed, Portland No. 7 seed
Mavericks loss + Blazers win + Lakers win = Dallas No. 5 seed, Blazers No. 6 seed, L.A. No. 7 seed
Mavericks loss + Blazers loss + Lakers win = Dallas No. 5 seed, L.A. No. 6 seed, Portland No. 7 seed
Mavericks loss + Blazers win + Lakers loss = Portland No. 5 seed, Dallas No. 6 seed, L.A. No. 7 seed

No. 8 and 9 seed

Warriors vs. Grizzlies (playing Sunday) = Winner No. 8, loser No. 9

No. 10 seed

San Antonio Spurs have locked into the No. 10 seed

Eastern Conference

No. 1 seed

Philadelphia 76ers have clinched No. 1 seed

No. 2 and 3 seed

Nets win + Bucks win = Brooklyn No. 2 seed, Milwaukee No. 3 seedNets win + Bucks loss = Brooklyn No. 2 seed, Milwaukee No. 3 seed
Nets loss + Bucks loss = Brooklyn No. 2 seed, Milwaukee No. 3 seedNets loss + Bucks win = Milwaukee No. 2 seed, Brooklyn No. 3 seed

No. 4, 5 and 6 seed

Knicks win + Hawks win + Heat win = New York No. 4 seed, Atlanta No. 5 seed, Miami No. 6 seed
Knicks win + Hawks loss + Heat win = New York No. 4 seed, Atlanta No. 5 seed, Miami No. 6 seed
Knicks win + Hawks loss + Heat loss = New York No. 4 seed, Atlanta No. 5 seed, Miami No. 6 seed
Knicks win + Hawks win + Heat loss = New York No. 4 seed, Atlanta No. 5 seed, Miami No. 6 seed
Knicks loss + Hawks loss + Heat loss = New York No. 4 seed, Atlanta No. 5 seed, Miami No. 6 seed
Knicks loss + Hawks win + Heat win = Atlanta No. 4 seed, Miami No. 5 seed, New York No. 6 seed
Knicks loss + Hawks loss + Heat win = Atlanta No. 4 seed, Miami No. 5 seed, New York No. 6 seed
Knicks loss + Hawks win + Heat loss = Atlanta No. 4 seed, New York No. 5 seed, Miami No. 6 seed

No. 7 seed

Boston is locked into the No. 7 seed

No. 8, 9 and 10 seed

(Charlotte plays Washington on Sunday)

Hornets win + Pacers win = Charlotte No. 8 seed, Indiana No. 9 seed, Washington No. 10 seed
Hornets win + Pacers loss = Charlotte No. 8 seed, Washington No. 9 seed, Indiana No. 10 seed
Wizards win + Pacers win = Washington No. 8 seed, Indiana No. 9 seed, Charlotte No. 10 seed
Wizards win + Pacers loss = Washington No. 8 seed, Charlotte No. 9 seed, Indiana No. 10 seed



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