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 by: Allen - Fri, 12 Apr 2024 22:38 UTC

Warriors take over the No. 9 seed: Here’s how the NBA’s play-in picture
looks
The Warriors could get as high as the No. 8 seed
>Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, and guard Brandin
Podziemski celebrate at the end of the team’s NBA basketball game
against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, April
11, 2024. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

Jason Mastrodonato is a sports reporter for the Bay Area News Group.
By JASON MASTRODONATO | jmastrodonato@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area
News Group
PUBLISHED: April 12, 2024 at 5:30 a.m. | UPDATED: April 12, 2024 at 5:45
a.m.
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2024/04/12/warriors-take-over-the-no-9-seed-heres-how-the-nbas-play-in-picture-looks/

The Golden State Warriors are the new No. 9 seed in the NBA’s Western
Conference.

After beating the Portland Trail Blazers (21-59), 100-92, on Thursday
night, the Warriors (45-35) jumped ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers
(45-35) thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker.

If the play-in tournament started Friday, the Warriors would play the
Lakers in the first play-in game, with another play-in game victory
needed to advance to the NBA postseason.

But there’s still time for the Warriors to wiggle their way up the
standings.

They return home Friday night to play the New Orleans Pelicans (48-32)
and will close out the season at Chase Center on Sunday against the
already-eliminated Utah Jazz (30-50).

With the Sacramento Kings (45-35) fading – the Kings lost again on
Thursday and have lost four of their last five – the Warriors have a
chance to climb as high as the No. 8 seed.

No matter what the Kings do, if the Warriors win out, they’ll guarantee
the No. 9 seed and at least have a play-in game at home.

But if the Warriors win out and the Kings lose one of their last two
games against either the Phoenix Suns (47-33) or the Trail Blazers, the
Warriors would secure the No. 8 seed. (The Kings have the tiebreaker
over the Warriors if the two teams end up with the same record.)

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To get into the play-in tournament as the No. 8 seed would open up a
whole new world for the Warriors. They’d play a single-elimination game
against the No. 7 seed – either the Pelicans or the Phoenix Suns
(47-33), with the winner securing the No. 7 seed in the postseason, and
the loser getting another chance to play a single-elimination game
against the winner of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 game.

Securing the No. 7 seed in the postseason means the Warriors would
likely avoid the Denver Nuggets in the first round. The Nuggets (56-24)
have a one-game lead atop the Western Conference and control their own
destiny for the No. 1 seed. They’ve also gone 4-0 against the Warriors
this year, with Nikola Jokić looking unstoppable in those games.

If the Warriors end the season as the No. 9 seed, they’d need to win the
play-in game vs. the No. 10 seed, then beat the loser of the No. 7 vs.
No. 8 game, and then they’d enter the postseason as the No. 8 seed with
a first-round matchup against the No. 1 seed as their prize.

The play-in tournament begins Tuesday, when the No. 7 seed will host the
No. 8 seed. The play-in game between the No. 9 and No. 10 seeds will be
on Wednesday.

The Warriors return home Friday night to play the New Orleans Pelicans
(48-32) and will close out the season at Chase Center on Sunday against
the already-eliminated Utah Jazz (30-50).

The Warriors have won nine of their last 10 and are on the verge of
ending the regular season on a hot streak for the fourth time in as many
years. Last year, they won eight of their last 10; the year before, they
won five in a row to finish the regular season, then won an NBA title,
and the year before that, they won eight of their last nine.

Draymond Green (bruised knee), Klay Thompson (calf tightness) and Gary
Payton II (calf tightness were all held out of the Warriors’ win on
Thursday, but are expected to play on Friday, Kerr told reporters in
Portland.


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