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With so many seeds unsure as to the final day of the 2020-21 NBA season, teams have a lot to play on Sunday.
As the Miami Heat lost to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night, the New York Knicks had their way to the fourth spot after defeating the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Knickerbockers It will open the season at Madison Square Garden next week.
The Brooklyn Nets needed a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to take second place after Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving played just eight games together throughout the season. Harden went out on Sunday, leaving the Nets with the duo star to wrap up the second-best record at the Eastern Conference.
The Portland Trailblazer beat the Denver Nuggets to avoid a play-in competition that places the Los Angeles Lakers in seventh place, the reigning champions will face. Against strong opponents in order to lock their current position in the playoff image.
Let̵7;s take a look at the final standings, playoff series and must-see trailers for play-ins.
NBA final rankings
Philadelphia 76ers: 49-23
Brooklyn Nets: 48-24
New York Knicks: 41-31
Boston Celtics: 36-36
Toronto Raptors: 27-45
Milwaukee Bucks: 46-26
Indiana Pacers: 34-38
Chicago Bulls: 31-41
Cleveland Cavaliers: 22-50
Detroit Pistons: 20-52
Atlanta Hawks: 41-31
Miami Heat: 40-32
Washington Wizards: 34-38
Charlotte Hornets: 33-39
Orlando Magic: 21-51
Utah Jazz: 52-20
Denver Nuggets: 47-25
Portland Trail Blazers: 42-30
Minnesota Timber Wolves: 23-49
Oklahoma City Thunder: 22-50
Phoenix Suns: 51-21
LA Clippers: 47-25
Los Angeles Lakers: 42-30
Golden State Warriors: 39-33
Sacramento Kings: 31-41
Dallas Mavericks: 42-30
Memphis Grizzlies: 38-34
San Antonio Spurs: 33-39
New Orleans Pelicans: 31-41
Houston Rockets: 17-55
2021 Playoff Seeds, Matchups, Play-In Tournaments
No. 1 Philadelphia 76ers against TBD
No. 2 Brooklyn Nets vs. TBD
No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 6 Miami Heat
No. 4 New York Knicks vs. No.5 Atlanta Hawks
Eastern Conference Play-In Tournament
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No. 1 Utah Jazz vs. TBD
No. 2 Phoenix Suns vs. TBD
No. 3 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 6 Portland Trailblazer
No. 4 LA Clippers vs. No. 5 Dallas Mavericks
Western Conference Play-In Tournament
🚨 Matchmaking #StateFarmPlayIn The western tournament is now set! 🚨 # 10 @spurs vs. # 9 @memgrizz – Wednesdays at 7:30 PM / at ESPN # 8 @warriors vs. # 7 @Lakers – Wednesdays at 10:00 PM.
Knicks Clinch No.4 Seed
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At the beginning of the week, the Knicks won their first runner-up since the 2012-13 season on Sunday.They claimed a home ground advantage in the first-round playoffs, overtaking the Celtics 96-92.
Tom Thibodeau should be the focus of the Coach of the Year debate following Knicks’ swift recovery from the 21-win 2019-20 campaign.
Under Thibodeau, New York has made great strides in defense, improving from 23 (113) to third (108.3) in defense in the last two terms. He also found a leading player in striker Julius Randle.
This season, Randle received his first All-Star nod, averaging 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and six assists per game, the highest in his career. He didn’t just bring the Knicks into the season.
RJ Barrett has made some strides in his second year, notably in shooting efficiency.He scored 40 percent off three-point land and increased the free-throw conversion rate from 61.4 to 74.6 percent.In February, the Knicks acquired Derrick Rose. From the Detroit Pistons, and he gets closer to the teams trying to score late games.
The Knicks have tough challenges ahead. They will face the Atlanta Hawks, who have won the last four games. Going into the series, New York should be confident after defeating the Hawks in all three matches this season.
Lakers vs. Warriors Play-in Matchup
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Before the first round kicks in, we’ll see a play-in action in next week’s races, the Lakers vs. Warriors fights should be the most eye-catching.
The Warriors defended Stephen Curry, claiming his second goal, scoring 46 points in the win over Grizzlies Sunday, while the Lakers ended the campaign with a victory over the Pelicans. Most importantly, LeBron James and Anthony Davis were well suited for that tournament.
Between February and April, Davis missed 32 games with calf and Achilles injuries. As of March 20, James is only suitable for four outings. He’s continuing to grapple with an issue with his right ankle and could make adjustments towards the end of Sunday’s game.
The Lakers have the league’s best defensive points (107.2). They will force Curry to get every champion tank. The 2020-21 goalscoring will need Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Pool to help them become goal scorers. Deputy with Draymond Green as the playmaker pointing forward.
The Warriors’ top five defensive ratings (110.2) suggest that we could see a low-scoring fight if James and Davis were limited by a fierce injury.
The battle for the seventh seed will feature star power, lead scoring and two technically good defenses for a must-see match.
Keep in mind that, as a better-record team, Los Angeles needs one win, while Golden State will have to win twice to advance to the seventh point of the playoff picture.
Statistics obtained from Basketball reference.
Maurice Moton covers the NBA and NFL for Bleacher Report.You can follow him on Twitter, @MoeMoton.