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Sport NBA playoff picture: The play-in, seeding scenarios as of Saturday

17:41  15 may  2021
17:41  15 may  2021 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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NBA’s play-in games don’t make everyone happy (hi, LeBron James!), but they exist in 2021 whether you like them or not.

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So here’s what we’ll do ahead of the final day of the 2020-21 regular season on Sunday: we’ll look every day at what the matchups look like at the moment and the likelihood that some of the teams in the East and West will either avoid the play-ins or will probably need to win a game or two to make it to the true postseason.

We’re coming down to a thrilling finish, both up in the top seeds and in the play-in games out West (all stats via Basketball-Reference):

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NBA awards: Chris Haynes reveals his 2020-21 selections .
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