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2022 NBA playoffs clinching scenarios for Tuesday, April 5

Here’s what teams can do to secure a playoff or play-in spot in the 2022 postseason.

Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls
DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls dribbles the ball during the game against the Miami Heat on April 2, 2022 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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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

San Antonio Spurs - locked into play-in spot with win and Lakers loss to Suns

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