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Ranking all 8 teams in the NBA play-in tournament on chances of making a playoff run

We take a look at the field for the play-in tournament and rank the teams from best to worst.

Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball in the game against the Indiana Pacers during the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 15, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The NBA’s play-in tournament should receive plenty of attention this week with the quality and popularity of the teams in contention. The Los Angeles Lakers have the second best odds to win the NBA Finals according to DraftKings Sportsbook, but they will need to make it through the play-in tournament first. Stephen Curry has been on fire down the stretch, but the Golden State Warriors need to clinch a spot in the playoffs this week.

The Lakers and Warriors are the two best teams participating in the play-in tournament as two of the hottest teams down the stretch out of the Western Conference. The Celtics have been rocked by injuries, but they still have a great shot at advancing to the playoffs as the top squad among the play-in teams in the East. Meanwhile, the Hornets and Spurs come in with the 10th best records in their conference, and they are very likely to start their offseasons by the end of this week.

The NBA play-in tournament will get started on Tuesday, May 18th, and the NBA playoffs will be set by the end of the day Friday, May 21st. Below, we ranked the eight play-in teams heading into the tournament.

Play-in tournament rankings

1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Golden State Warriors
3. Boston Celtics
4. Washington Wizards
5. Memphis Grizzlies
6. Indiana Pacers
7. Charlotte Hornets
8. San Antonio Spurs