This might get actually attention-grabbing. The Lakers have performed like scorching rubbish over their previous few video games, even with LeBron James and Anthony Davis returning to their lineup.
They discover themselves at the moment sixth within the West, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to get higher anytime quickly. In line with Shams, Lakers level guard Dennis Schröder is now anticipated to overlook 10 to 14 days as a result of well being and security protocols.
For a group already combating chemistry and getting again wholesome, extra gamers going out and in of the lineup actually gained’t assist.
So, assuming Portland doesn’t fully implode down the stretch, the Lakers will doubtless fall into play-in territory. This received me pondering: What would the most effective “play-in” matchups seem like?
First, within the West, you may have eight groups that would legitimately discover themselves within the play-in. The 5-7 spots within the West all have the identical report. As of now the play-in order goes like this:
- seventh – Portland
- eighth – Memphis
- ninth – Golden State
- tenth – San Antonio
Essentially the most attention-grabbing matchups must come from mixing and matching these 4 groups.
- seventh – Dallas (at the moment fifth)
- eighth – L.A. Lakers (at the moment sixth)
- ninth – Golden State (at the moment ninth)
- tenth – New Orleans (at the moment eleventh)
Luka, Zion, LeBron, and Steph are a no brainer on the subject of fan curiosity.
Or… you might put Dame Time and Portland in with Ja Morant and Memphis nonetheless will get some actually good basketball, however everybody is aware of it wouldn’t beat the primary set of matchups.
The hole between 7 and eight within the standings doubtless gained’t let the primary situation occur however so long as the Spurs and Kings don’t make it into the play-in I’d be okay as an NBA fan.
As for the East, the primary goal needs to be preserving LaMelo Ball within the Play in by any means obligatory. He’s by far essentially the most intriguing storyline popping out of the East and seeing him and his Charlotte squad get an opportunity on the playoffs can be enjoyable. Boston and Miami are at the moment battling to remain out of the play-in, which is ironic contemplating that each of these groups performed within the Jap Convention Finals final 12 months.
At present, the order is as follows.
- seventh – Boston
- eighth – Charlotte
- ninth – Indiana
- tenth – Washington
Within the East 5-7 are all inside one sport of one another. In order that not solely brings Miami into play but additionally the Hawks. Simply take into consideration if Trae Younger and LaMelo matchup within the play-in sport. Just like the West, the hole between the seventh and eighth seed is probably going too massive to get Boston, Miami, and Atlanta into the play-in.
It could be nice if we may get this:
- seventh – Miami (at the moment sixth)
- eighth – Boston (at the moment seventh)
- ninth – Atlanta (at the moment fifth)
- tenth – Charlotte (at the moment eighth)
I simply don’t wish to see each Indiana and Toronto (at the moment in eleventh) within the play-in. That may wreck my viewing expertise. If the East stays how it’s I wouldn’t be mad but when the not possible occurs and we will get Miami, Boston, and Atlanta in with Charlotte that might be enjoyable.
The NBA play-in will doubtless give us some thrilling moments this season in its inaugural 12 months. It’s already made many individuals across the league fairly mad in order that’s how the competitors needs to be lit.
We solely have about two weeks left within the common season so we’ll see how this works itself out.