7th Seed LA Lakers Faces the 8th Seed Golden State Warriors in the new format Play-In Tournament

NBA – The defending NBA Champion LA Lakers remain in the 7th seed of the Western Conference Standings despite winning their final assignment of the 2020 – 2021 NBA Regular Season’s against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Lakers finished the season strong with a 5 – game winning streak with 42 wins and 30 losses tied with the 5th and 6th seed Portland Trailblazers and Dallas Mavericks respectively.

Despite with the same exact standings of these three teams, the Lakers have the lowest quotient after losing the regular season match up against the Blazers and the Mavericks that drop them at 7th placed.

The Lakers only chance to avoid the Play – In tournament is to win their game against the New Orleans Pelicans which they did and hope to secure the 6th seed in West Standings if the Portland Trail Blazer loss to Denver Nuggets?

But unfortunately the Blazer beat the Nuggets in a blown out fashion and secured the 6th seed in the West.

Now that the Regular Season is over and all teams are in their respective placed in the NBA Standings, let’s go ahead in the new format called Play – In Tournament.

Under the new rule, Play – in Tournament, the 7th and 8th seed faces for one game and the winner will advance in the Post Season securing the 7th seed in both conferences.

While the loser of the 7th and 8th seed faces the winner of the 9th and 10th seed and the winner will advance to the post season securing the 8th seed.

In this case the Lakers are the 7th seed and the Warriors is the 8th seed in the West, if the Lakers win they will secure the 7th seed and faces the #2 seed Phoenix Suns.

If the Lakers loss they will have another chance of advancing to the post season after facing the winner of the 9th seed Memphis Grizzlies and 10th seed San Antonio Spurs.

If the Lakers somehow beat either the Grizzlies or the Spurs they will secure the 8th seed and face the #1 seed Utah Jazz in the first round.

Now, if the Lakers loss to Warriors and loss again to the winner of the 9th and 10th seed in the Play – In tournament? The Lakers are automatically out of the post season and bid them goodbye in defending their NBA Title.

Honestly, the Lakers are still a very tough team to beat, especially when healthy? Now that a healthy LeBron James is back and Anthony Davis is back in his old form the Lakers are a scary team to face both in Play –In and Post Season.