Every possible NBA playoff seeding scenario: Lakers have one way out of play-in; Knicks control No. 4 destiny


The NBA’s shortened 2020-21 regular season comes to an end on Sunday, and there are still a plethora of ways this could all shake out. A few teams are playing to win. More than a few teams could be playing to lose. No matter what teams say publicly, they all have preferred matchups. Below is every possible seeding scenario. 

Western Conference No. 1 and 2 seed Utah win + Phoenix win = Utah No. 1 seed, Phoenix No. 2 seedUtah win + Phoenix loss = Utah No. 1 seed, Phoenix No. 2 seedUtah loss + Phoenix win = Phoenix No. 1 seed, Utah No. 2 seed No. 3 and 4 seed Denver win + Clippers win = Denver No. 3 seed, Clippers No. 4 seedDenver win + Clippers loss = Denver No. 3 seed, Clippers No. 4 seedDenver loss + Clippers loss = Denver No. 3 seed, Clippers No. 4 seedDenver loss + Clippers win = Clippers No. 3 seed, Denver No. 4 seed No. 5, 6 and 7 seed Dallas win + Portland win + Lakers win = Dallas No. 5 seed, Portland No. 6 seed, Lakers No. 7 seedDallas win + Portland loss + Lakers win = Dallas No. 5 seed, Lakers No. 6 seed, Portland No. 7 seedDallas loss + Portland win + Lakers win = Dallas No. 5 seed, Blazers No. 6 seed, Lakers No. 7 seedDallas loss + Portland loss + Lakers win = Dallas No. 5 seed, Lakers No. 6 seed, Portland No. 7 seedDallas loss + Portland win + Lakers loss = Portland No. 5 seed, Dallas No. 6 seed, Lakers No. 7 seed No. 8 and 9 seed Warriors vs. Grizzlies = winner No. 8, loser No. 9

**San Antonio is locked into the No. 10 seed

Eastern Conference

**Philadelphia has clinched No. 1 seed

No. 2 and 3 seed Brooklyn win + Milwaukee win = Brooklyn No. 2 seed, Milwaukee No. 3 seedBrooklyn win + Milwaukee loss = Brooklyn No. 2 seed, Milwaukee No. 3 seedBrooklyn loss + Milwaukee loss = Brooklyn No. 2 seed, Milwaukee No. 3 seedBrooklyn loss + Milwaukee win = Milwaukee No. 2 seed, Brooklyn No. 3 seedNo. 4, 5 and 6 seedNew York win + Atlanta win + Miami win = New York No. 4 seed, Atlanta No. 5 seed, Miami No. 6 seedNew York win + Atlanta loss + Miami win = New York No. 4 seed, Atlanta No. 5 seed, Miami No. 6 seedNew York win + Atlanta loss + Miami loss = New York No. 4 seed, Atlanta No. 5 seed, Miami No. 6 seedNew York win + Atlanta win + Miami loss = New York No. 4 seed, Atlanta No. 5 seed, Miami No. 6 seedNew York loss + Atlanta loss + Miami loss = New York No. 4 seed, Atlanta No. 5 seed, Miami No. 6 seedNew York loss + Atlanta win + Miami win = Atlanta No. 4 seed, Miami No. 5 seed, New York No. 6 seedNew York loss + Atlanta loss + Miami win = Atlanta No. 4 seed, Miami No. 5 seed, New York No. 6 seedNew York loss + Atlanta win + Miami loss = Atlanta No. 4 seed, New York No. 5 seed, Miami No. 6 seed

**Boston is locked into the No. 7 seed

No. 8, 9 and 10 seed

**Charlotte plays Washington on Sunday

Charlotte win + Indiana win = Charlotte No. 8 seed, Indiana No. 9 seed, Washington No. 10 seedCharlotte win + Indiana loss = Charlotte No. 8 seed, Washington No. 9 seed, Indiana No. 10 seedWashington win + Indiana win = Washington No. 8 seed, Indiana No. 9 seed, Charlotte No. 10 seedWashington win + Indiana loss = Washington No. 8 seed, Charlotte No. 9 seed, Indiana No. 10 seed



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