Sunday, September 24 2023
Getty Images

Below is a comprehensive snapshot of where things stand in the Western Conference playoff and play-in with two days remaining in the regular season. 

Reminder on how the play-in tournament works: No. 7 plays No. 8 and No. 9 plays No. 10. The winner of the 7-8 game gets the No. 7 seed, while the loser plays the winner of the 9-10 game for the  No. 8 seed. 

NOTE: Our SportsLine model, developed by predictive data engineer Stephen Oh, simulates the entire season 10,000 times to produce the most unbiased and precise projections imaginable.


  • 🔒Locked in as No. 1 seed
  • Current first-round matchup: TBD
  • 🔒Locked in as No. 2 seed
  • Current first-round matchup: vs. Lakers-Pelicans play-in winner
  • 🔒Locked in as No. 3 seed
  • Current first-round matchup: vs. Clippers
  • 🔒Locked in as No. 4 seed
  • Current first-round matchup: vs. Warriors

5. Golden State Warriors (43-38)

  • 🔒Clinched play-in spot
  • Remaining schedule: at Blazers
  • Current first-round matchup: at Suns
  • Tiebreaker vs. Clippers: Clippers lead via division win percentage
  • Tiebreaker vs. Lakers: Lakers clinched
  • Tiebreaker vs. New Orleans: Warriors lead via conference win percentage

6. Los Angeles Clippers (42-38)

  • 🔒Clinched play-in spot
  • Remaining schedule: vs. Blazers, at Suns
  • Current first-round matchup: at Kings
  • Tiebreaker vs. Golden State: Clippers lead via division win percentage
  • Tiebreaker vs. Minnesota: Wolves clinched 
  • Tiebreaker vs. New Orleans: Pelicans clinched
  • Tiebreaker vs. Lakers: Clippers clinched


7. Los Angeles Lakers (42-39)

  • 🔒Clinched play-in spot
  • Remaining schedule: vs. Jazz
  • Current first-round matchup: vs. Pelicans (play-in)
  • Tiebreaker vs. Clippers: Clippers clinched
  • Tiebreaker vs. Golden State: Lakers clinched
  • Tiebreaker vs. Minnesota: Wolves clinched
  • Tiebreaker vs. New Orleans: Lakers clinched

8. New Orleans Pelicans (42-39)

  • 🔒Clinched play-in spot
  • Remaining schedule: at Timberwolves
  • Current first-round matchup: at Lakers (play-in)
  • Tiebreaker vs. Golden State: Warriors lead via conference win percentage
  • Tiebreaker vs. Minnesota: Tied 1-1 with one to play
  • Tiebreaker vs. Lakers: Lakers clinched
  • Tiebreaker vs. Clippers: Pelicans clinched

9. Minnesota Timberwolves (40-40)

  • 🔒Clinched play-in spot
  • Remaining schedule: at Spurs, vs. Pelicans
  • Current first-round matchup: vs. Thunder (play-in)
  • Tiebreaker vs. Clippers: Wolves clinched
  • Tiebreaker vs. New Orleans: Tied 1-1 with one to play
  • Tiebreaker vs. Lakers: Wolves clinched
  • 🔒Locked in as No. 10 seed
  • Current first-round matchup: at Timberwolves (play-in)



Joel Embiid just accomplished something no center has done in almost 50 years


Chimezie Metu, Kings 'not scared' of Warriors, other potential playoff foes

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

With 8 games remaining in the regular season, here’s where the Cubs stand in the playoff hunt

With 8 games remaining in the regular season, here’s where the Cubs stand in the playoff hunt originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago Although the past couple of weeks have undoubtedly gone poorly for the Chicago Cubs overall, the 80-win North Siders still find themselves in a playoff spot with just eight games remaining in […]

Read More

Chicago Cubs rally for a 6-3 win against the Colorado Rockies, maintaining a 1-game lead for the No. 3 wild-card spot

Javier Assad’s value to the Chicago Cubs cannot be defined by a singular role. The Cubs put Assad back in the bullpen Saturday with Marcus Stroman’s return to the rotation against the Colorado Rockies for his first start since July 31. But Assad’s performance in relief — four shutout innings with two hits, no walks […]

Read More

Cubs manager David Ross texts Pirates counterpart Derek Shelton, trying to clarify postgame remarks about the team

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs manager David Ross tried to set the record straight Saturday. Ross thought he had corrected himself during his postgame remarks Thursday but wanted to clarify his intention with Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton. Ross texted Shelton on Friday night to explain that his comments after the Cubs’ 8-6 loss to the […]

Read More