Warriors and Clippers clinch playoff spots, Lakers head to play-in tournament in NBA’s Western Conference

The regular season of the NBA has come to an end, and the playoff picture is finally set. The Western Conference had some drama on the final day, as the Warriors and the Clippers clinched the last two spots in the top six, while the defending champion Lakers fell to the seventh seed and will have to face the play-in tournament.

The Warriors secured the eighth seed with a 113-101 win over the Grizzlies, thanks to another stellar performance by Stephen Curry, who scored 46 points and claimed his second scoring title.

The Warriors will face the Lakers in the play-in game on Wednesday, with the winner advancing to the first round as the seventh seed and the loser facing the winner of the 9-10 game between the Grizzlies and the Spurs.

The Clippers locked up the fourth seed with a 117-112 win over the Thunder, despite resting most of their starters. The Clippers avoided a potential first-round matchup with the Lakers, who lost to the Pelicans 110-98. The Clippers will face the fifth-seeded Mavericks in a rematch of last year’s first-round series, which the Clippers won in six games.

The other first-round matchups in the West are: Jazz (1) vs. play-in winner (8), Suns (2) vs. play-in winner (7), and Nuggets (3) vs. Trail Blazers (6). The Jazz clinched the best record in the league with a 121-99 win over the Kings, while the Suns finished one game behind them with a 123-121 win over the Spurs.

The Nuggets secured the third seed with a 131-116 win over the Blazers, who settled for the sixth seed despite Damian Lillard’s 22 points and 10 assists.

The play-in tournament will begin on Tuesday with two games in the Eastern Conference: Hornets (10) vs. Pacers (9), and Wizards (8) vs. Celtics (7).

The winners of those games will face the Nets (2) and the 76ers (1), respectively, in the first round. The other first-round matchups in the East are: Bucks (3) vs. Heat (6), and Knicks (4) vs. Hawks (5).

The playoffs will begin on Saturday, May 22, with four games on ESPN and ABC. The play-in tournament will be broadcast on TNT and ESPN. The NBA Finals are scheduled to start on July 8, with a potential Game 7 on July 22.

Final Thoughts: NBA Playoff Picture Set, Warriors and Clippers Clinch Final Spots, Lakers to Play-In

The NBA regular season has come to an end, and the playoff picture is finally set. The Western Conference saw some dramatic twists on the final day, as the Warriors and Clippers secured the last two spots in the top six, while the Lakers fell to the seventh seed, which means they will have to compete in the play-in tournament.

The Warriors clinched the eighth seed with a 113-101 victory over the Grizzlies, thanks to another stellar performance by Stephen Curry, who scored 46 points and claimed his second scoring title.

Curry has been the driving force behind the Warriors’ success this season, and his MVP-worthy performances will be crucial in the play-in game against the Lakers. The Warriors-Lakers matchup promises to be one of the most exciting games of the season, as two of the most iconic franchises in the league battle it out for a spot in the playoffs.

The Clippers, on the other hand, secured the fourth seed with a 117-112 win over the Thunder, despite resting most of their starters. The Clippers will face the fifth-seeded Mavericks in a rematch of last year’s first-round series, which the Clippers won in six games. The Clippers’ depth and talent make them a dangerous team in the playoffs, and they will be looking to make a deep run this year.

The other first-round matchups in the West are also fascinating, with the Jazz taking on the winner of the play-in game, the Suns facing the play-in winner, and the Nuggets playing the Trail Blazers.

The Jazz and the Suns have been two of the best teams in the league this season, and they will be hoping to carry their regular-season form into the playoffs. The Nuggets and the Trail Blazers, meanwhile, have both been inconsistent at times, but they have the talent to cause upsets in the postseason.

In the Eastern Conference, the play-in tournament will kick off with two exciting games, as the Hornets take on the Pacers, and the Wizards face the Celtics.

The winners of those games will then face the Nets and the 76ers, respectively, in the first round. The other first-round matchups in the East are also intriguing, with the Bucks taking on the Heat, and the Knicks facing the Hawks.

Overall, the NBA playoffs promise to be an exciting and unpredictable affair, with plenty of twists and turns expected along the way. Fans of the Warriors, Clippers, and Lakers will be hoping for their teams to make a deep run in the postseason, while neutrals will be looking forward to watching some of the best players in the world battle it out on the biggest stage.