NBA Play In And Play Off Seedings Secured After Regular Season Finale

The final day of the NBA season is in the history books and we now know which teams will be seeded in which positions in both conferences, as well as which teams will contest the Play In games.

In truth, there were not too many surprises on the final day of the season. The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, while the two teams that topped both conferences, the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns also went down to defeat.

However, you can forgive both those teams for having one eye on the playoffs as they had already secured the top spot in their respective division.

So how do the seedings and play in look?

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NBA Playoff Seedings

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Eastern Conference

Miami Heat (53-29)
Boston Celtics (51-31)
Milwaukee Bucks (51-31)
Philadelphia 76ers (51-31)
Toronto Raptors (48-34)
Chicago Bulls (46-36)

Play In

Game For 7th Seed

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Brooklyn Nets (Tues)

Games For 8th Seed

Charlotte Hornets @ Atlanta Hawks (Wed)
Winner Of Hornets/Hawks @ Loser of Cavaliers/Nets (Thu)

Play In Betting Odds

Brooklyn and Cleveland are the -165 favourites to advance from the play in tournament in the east with PointsBet Sportsbook. You can get +270 on the Nets and Hawks and +700 on the Nets and Hornets.

Western Conference

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Phoenix Suns (64-18)
Memphis Grizzlies (56-26)
Golden State Warriors (53-29)
Dallas Mavericks (52-30)
Utah Jazz (49-33)
Denver Nuggets (48-34)

Play In

Game For 7th Seed

Los Angeles Clippers @ Minnesota Timberwolves (Tue)

Games For 8th Seed

San Antonio Spurs @ New Orleans Pelicans (Wed)
Winner Of Spurs/Pelicans @ Loser of Clippers/Timberwolves (Thu)

Play In Betting Odds

The Timberwolves and Clippers are the hot favorites to advance in the West play in at -265 with PointsBet, while you can get the Timberwolves and Pelicans at +500 and the Clippers and Pelicans at +750.

The Play Ins tip off on Tuesday and will be completed by Friday, with the first playoff games being played from Saturday.

However, for those teams eliminated, the planning for next season has already begun and nowhere is that more apparent than in Los Angeles.

Vogel Pays The Price For Lakers Sunken Season

Although it has not been officially announced at the time of writing, the Los Angeles

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Lakers are set to make a change at head coach with Frank Vogel set to be shown the door, just 18 months after leading the Lakers to the Championship.

There is no doubt that this season, injuries to LeBron James and Anthony Davis, plus the failed signing of Russell Westbrook, alongside a number of squad men was an experiment that failed miserably.

The Lakers have $130m in cap space tied up with those three players next season and with little draft capital or cap space, they don’t have too many ways to make quick improvements to their team, other than by making some big trades.

The problem with that is their most saleable asset, Davis, is also their most injury-prone and few teams will give up the price the Lakers would ask for Davis in order to secure a player who has been a consistent member of the physio room for large chunks of the last few seasons.

With teams eliminated now planning for the draft, there are 20 teams still battling it out to call themselves NBA Champions this season, with the Phoenix Suns the early favorites to win it all.

But as we have seen this season, favorites don’t necessarily land the win.

 

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Author: Paula Dunn