NBA Play In Preview

The NBA play-in games are set. Let’s take a look at how the play in works and who may come out of it in each conference.

The 7 through 10 spots in each conference make it into the play in. Teams ranked 7th and 8th have to win just one game to get into the playoffs. Whoever wins the 7 vs 8 matchup is in. The loser gets to play another game against the winner of the 9 vs 10 game. So, the 9 and 10 ranked teams have to win two games in a row to get in.

In the Eastern Conference it appears pretty clear cut. The Miami Heat play the Philadelphia 76ers in the 7 vs 8 matchup and the loser then has to play either Atlanta or Chicago. Both Miami and Philadelphia should get in from the East.

The Western Conference is a different story. The Los Angeles Lakers play the New Orleans Pelicans in a tough matchup for the 7 vs 8 game. The loser then likely has to play the Golden State Warriors who are large favorites to beat the Sacramento Kings. Golden State is hot and could make it an interesting play in for the West.

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