The NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors grabbed a direct ticket to the playoffs (PO). The LA Lakers will play in the play-in tournament in 7th place in the regular season.
The LA Clippers won 119-114 against the Phoenix Suns in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season held at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA on the 10th (Korean time). Golden State also defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 157-101 at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, USA, and tied with the Los Angeles Clippers with 44-38, but was pushed out of the Pacific Division and advanced to the PO in 6th place.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz 128-117 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, USA, and finished in 7th place with a 43-39 record.
Unlike the Eastern Conference, where the rankings were sorted earlier, in the Western Conference, the main character who would win the PO direct ticket was hidden in the last game of the regular season. 안전놀이터
The top 6 teams in each conference advance directly to the PO. The 7th to 10th place teams will have a separate play-in tournament and receive a chance to rise to the PO.
In the play-in tournament, the 7th and 8th places in the regular league conference are matched, and the winning team gets the 7th seed. The losing team faces the winners of the 9th and 10th place matches for a chance to advance to the playoffs as the 8th seed.
In the Western Conference, the winner of the match between the 7th ranked LA Lakers and the 8th ranked Minnesota Timberwolves takes the PO 7th seed. The losing team faces the winner of the 9th place New Orleans Pelicans and the 10th place Oklahoma City Thunder. The winner of this matchup will be assigned as the PO 8 seed.
Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix, Los Angeles Clippers, and Golden State Warriors of the Western Conference will go directly to the PO.
For the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, and Brooklyn Nets go to PO.
The 7th ranked Miami Heat and the 8th ranked Atlanta Hawks compete for the 7th PO seed. In addition, the loser of the match between Miami and Atlanta will face the winner of the match between the Toronto Raptors and the Chicago Bulls for the 8th PO seed.