Lakers eliminated from playoffs — Los Angeles lost to Phoenix on Tuesday night and the Spurs winning earlier in the evening knocks L.A. out of postseason contention. LeBron sat out the crucial game.
11:45 p.m. update — The Jazz were able to hold on and clinch a playoff spot. That means the Timberwolves, Clippers, Pelicans and Spurs will likely be your West play-in tournament teams. The Lakers are still facing the Suns and trail at halftime. The Nuggets lost, so the Jazz are currently in the 5-seed with Denver at 6 for the time being.
11:30 p.m. update — The Timberwolves lost, but the Nuggets also lost so Denver doesn’t clinch a playoff spot. The Jazz and Grizzlies are in overtime, with Utah clinching a playoff spot if it wins. The Spurs and Pelicans are set to clinch a play-in berth here if the Lakers lose to the Suns. New Orleans can get in even if the Lakers win if the Pelicans beat the Kings.
9:45 p.m. update — The Cavaliers have lost and the Raptors are set to win, which means the East play-in teams are set. It’ll be the Cavaliers, Hawks, Hornets and Nets in some fashion. This also means the Bulls and Raptors have clinched a playoff spot.
The 2022 NBA playoffs are just around the corner and teams are jockeying for position in both conferences. The East playoff field, along with the play-in bracket, is set with only seedings up for grabs while the West field is fluid outside of the Suns and Grizzlies in the top two spots.
Here’s a look at what teams can do to clinch a playoff or play-in spot in Tuesday’s games.
Atlanta Hawks - locked into a play-in spot with a loss to the Raptors
Chicago Bulls - clinch a playoff spot with win over Bucks or a Cavaliers loss to the Magic
Cleveland Cavaliers - locked into a play-in spot with loss and Raptors win
Denver Nuggets - clinch a playoff spot with a win and a Timberwolves loss to the Wizards
Utah Jazz - clinch a playoff spot with a win and a Timberwolves loss to the Wizards
Toronto Raptors - clinch a playoff spot with a win and a Cavaliers loss to the Magic
Minnesota Timberwolves - locked into a play-in spot with loss and wins by Nuggets and Jazz
New Orleans Pelicans - locked into play-in spot with win or Lakers loss to Suns
Los Angeles Lakers - eliminated from playoff contention with loss and Spurs win over Nuggets