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Play-In Picture: Dubs Can Finish 8th, 9th or 10th in West

*Updated Through Games Played on April 12*

Winners of nine of their last 11 games, the Warriors have clinched a berth in the Play-In Tournament, but are in a battle with the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers for seeding entering Sunday's season finale.

Following the Warriors' loss the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, they still have a path to the 8th seed, which involves beating the Utah Jazz on Sunday and losses by the Sacramento Kings (vs. Blazers) and the Lakers (vs. Pelicans). If not, they will be relegated to the 9th vs. 10th seed Play-In game. The Dubs can host the 9th vs. 10th place game with a win and a loss for the Lakers or Kings.


Play-In Format
7th place vs. 8th place (winner gets 7 seed, loser hosts winner of 9th vs. 10th)
9th place vs. 10th place (winner faces loser of 7th vs. 8th for eighth seed, loser eliminated)
Loser of 7th place vs. 8th place vs. winner of 9th place vs. 10th place (winner gets 8th seed, loser eliminated


The benefit of being the 7th or 8th seed as opposed to 9th or 10th is that even if you lose the first Play-In game, you get a second opportunity, whereas, with the bottom two postseason seeds, you must win two games to make the playoffs but are automatically eliminated with a loss.

The teams the Warriors are currently competing with in the 8-10 range are the eighth-place Los Angeles Lakers and 9th-place Sacramento Kings.


Warriors Remaining Schedule
vs. Jazz on Sunday


Play-In Picture

TeamRecordRank
New Orleans Pelicans49-326th
Phoenix Suns48-337th
Los Angeles Lakers46-358th
Sacramento Kings45-369th
Golden State Warriors45-3610th

Here are the remaining schedules for the other teams they're competing with for Play-In positioning:
Kings: vs. Blazers
Lakers: @ Pelicans


Warriors’ Head-to-Head Tiebreaker Status

  • Sacramento owns the tiebreaker by virtue of a better record against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Warriors own the tiebreaker over the Lakers by going 3-1 against L.A. this season.


At the top of the conference, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder are all within a game of one another for first place. The top-two seeds in the conference at season's end would face whoever emerges from the Play-In Tournament in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Having all clinched the playoffs already but fighting for the first seed, here are their remaining schedules.

Timberwolves: vs. Suns
Nuggets: @ Grizzlies
Thunder: vs. Mavericks

The Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks are locked into the 4th seed vs. 5th seed matchup and will face each other in the first round. Outside of that, the playoff picture in the West is much less clear with seedings and Play-In Tournament positioning still to be decided in the final days of the regular season.

If the NBA Postseason started today, here is what the Western Conference would look like.

PLAY IN
8th seed Lakers @ 7th seed Suns
10th seed Warriors @ 9th seed Kings

PLAYOFFS
1st seed Thunder vs. 8th seed Play-In winner
2nd seed Timberwolves vs. 7th seed Play-In winner
3rd seed Nuggets vs. 6th seed Pelicans
4th seed Clippers vs. 5th seed Mavericks