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NBA play-in tournament teams most likely to make a deep playoff run

We take a look at the field for the play-in tournament in the Eastern and Western Conferences and pick the team most likely to surprise everyone.

Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook reacts against the Charlotte Hornets during the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA playoffs will be set by the end of this week following the results of the league’s play-in tournament. Of the eight teams competing, who has the best shot at making a run deep into the playoffs? We’ll go through a few teams from each conference below using odds to advance to the postseason from DraftKings Sportsbook.

The Los Angeles Lakers are among the favorites to win the NBA Finals and way ahead of the rest of the play-in teams the odds market, so we’ll leave them out of this discussion.

Eastern Conference

Washington Wizards

Odds to make playoffs: -500

The Wizards are clearly among the top two teams in the East, and they would most likely face the Philadelphia 76ers in Round 1 of the NBA playoffs. Washington has a duo of offensive playmakers with Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook and if they take over, they could give whoever they play a tough test in the early rounds.

Boston Celtics

Odds to make playoffs: -625

The Celtics have been bit by the injury bug late in the regular season especially with the loss of Jayson Tatum for the rest of the year. Still, Boston has a very good chance at advancing to the NBA playoffs, though a potential matchup with the No. 2 seed Brooklyn Nets will be incredibly difficult.

Western Conference

Golden State Warriors

Odds to make playoffs: -500

Despite being in the same conference as the Lakers, Golden State has a very good chance at making it out of the play-in tournament. Even if they enter as the No. 8 seed, they could give the Utah Jazz a tough time in the opening round with the way Stephen Curry has been playing. He has led the Warriors to win six consecutive games to close out the regular season.