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These Are The Crucial Games In The NBA This Weekend

Last night’s results in the NBA have made the Playoff and Play In picture much clearer. With teams either having one or two games left in the season, we now know the makeup of the majority of the post-season playoff teams.

What we don’t yet know, is which seeds teams will be, which means we don’t know who will be facing who either in the Play In, or in the First Round of matches in the postseason.

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Last Night’s NBA Results

There were a number of crucial games taking place last night, the results of which are shown

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  • Hornets 90-113 Clippers
  • Pacers 133-142 Bucks
  • Heat 106-94 76ers
  • Knicks 102-98 Spurs
  • Hawks 116-93 Magic
  • Bulls 114-102 Raptors
  • Timberwolves 103-114 Nuggets
  • Grizzlies 116-110 Kings
  • Suns 118-117 Trail Blazers

The big result of the night came in that final game, where two successful free throws by Devin Booker right at the end of the game saw the Phoenix Suns emerge with a single-point win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

That win for the Suns keeps them in contention for top spot in the Western Conference and means that the Trail Blazers are not yet confirmed as in the Playoffs, as they could yet be pipped to the play in by the Mavericks and Lakers.

However, both the Trail Blazers and Mavericks hold the head to head record over the Lakers, which puts Los Angeles in a tricky position and makes it most likely that they will be heading into the Play In out of the three teams.

The Philadelphia 76ers also have to wait for confirmation of their division and conference wins after they went down to the surging Miami Heat. The Brooklyn Nets are one game behind them with the Bucks (who hold a better head to head record) one game further back with all teams having two games remaining.

The Playoffs And Play In Situation

Play Offs Confirmed

  • Eastern Conference – Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta
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    Hawks, Miami Heat, New York Knicks.

  • Western Conference – Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets

Play Offs or Play In Confirmed

  • Eastern Conference – None
  • Western Conference – Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers (two of these three teams will qualify for the Playoffs, the other for the Play In).

Play In Confirmed

  • Eastern Conference – Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers
  • Western Conference – Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs

The Key Games In The NBA This Weekend

The following games are all very important in terms of teams either confirming a seeding spot in the playoffs, confirming a place in the Play Offs or confirming a place in the Play In tournament. You can enjoy plenty of great betting on all these games at BetRivers PA.


  • Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

A win for Washington here would see them confirmed as competing in the Eastern Conference Play In. They can also qualify if the Chicago Bulls lose any of their remaining two games.

  • Detroit Pistons v Denver Nuggets
  • Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Clippers

The Nuggets are one game behind the Clippers with one game left, either could still land the 3rd seed spot in the West.

  • Oklahoma City Thunders v Utah Jazz
  • Philadelphia 76ers v Orlando Magic

The two leaders of each conference both only lead by one game. A win for Utah and Philadelphia here would be a huge step to claiming the top spot in the playoffs and clinching home court advantage.

  • Dallas Mavericks v Toronto Raptors

A win for the Mavericks would confirm them as the fifth seeds in the Western Conference playoffs and leave the Trail Blazers and Lakers battling it out for the final Playoff spot.


  • Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls
  • San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns
  • Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

The Nets, Suns and Bucks all could still finish top of their conference if the top two (Jazz and 76ers) falter in their final two games. The Heat also are looking for a win to potentially move up to fourth spot in the Eastern Conference seedings.

  • Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers
  • New York Knicks v Charlotte Hornets

If the Heat falter against the Bucks, then the Knicks can move above them into the fifth seed spot in the East. The Lakers must win against the Pacers, who are already confirmed in the Play In, if the Lakers want to stand the best chance to qualify ahead of the Trail Blazers and Mavericks.


Of course, for the final round of games, much will depend on the outcome of the games on Friday and Saturday. With so many games potentially having something on the line for at least one team, let’s take a look at the full set of games for Sunday.

  • Washington Wizards v Charlotte Hornets
  • Toronto Raptors v Indiana Pacers
  • New York Knicks v Boston Celtics
  • San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns
  • Golden State Warriors v Memphis Grizzlies
  • Brooklyn Nets v Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Philadelphia 76ers v Orlando Magic
  • Atlanta Hawks v Houston Rockets
  • Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat
  • Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers
  • Minnesota Timberwolves v Dallas Mavericks
  • New Orleans Pelicans v Los Angeles Lakers
  • Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets
  • Sacramento Kings v Utah Jazz
  • Chicago Bulls v Milwaukee Bucks

It promises to be a hugely exciting end to the NBA regular season and join me on Monday when I will give you a full rundown of how the playoffs and play in tournaments have shaped up after the final weekend of action in the regular NBA season.


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