2022 Match Arc Updates: How the Last Day Scenarios played out

The cut-off is set as 15 games Sunday coming to a close.

The final day of the 2021-22 NBA regular season saw 15 games that had a major impact on the playoffs and the Play-In Championship. Watch how the major events around the league are shaken up as the season draws to a close.


2022 Postseason seeds and matches

Eastern Conference

  • (8) TBD (1) Miami Heat
  • (5) Toronto Raptors vs (4) Philadelphia 76ers
  • (6) Chicago Bulls vs. (3) Milwaukee Bucks
  • (7) TBD vs. (2) Boston Celtics

PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT

  • (8) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (7) Brooklyn Nets
    • (The winner gets the seventh seed and plays for the Boston Celtics)
  • (10) Charlotte Hornets vs (9) Atlanta Hawks
    • (Loser disqualified, winner plays loser from Cavs-Nets for seed #8)

Western Conference

  • (8) TBD vs. (1) Phoenix Suns
  • (5) Utah Jazz vs (4) Dallas Mavericks
  • (6) Denver Nuggets vs (3) Golden State Warriors
  • (7) TBD vs. (2) Memphis Grizzlies

PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT

  • (8) Clippers vs (7) Minnesota Timberwolves
    • (The winner gets the seventh seed and plays the Memphis Grizzlies)
  • (10) San Antonio Spurs vs (9) New Orleans Pelicans
    • (Loser eliminated; winner plays loser from Clippers and Wolves for seed No. 8)

Scores and post-season effects from all 15 games

Golden State Warriors 128, New Orleans Pelicans 107

  • The Warriors snatched the No. 3 seed with Sunday’s win. He will face the Golden State Denver Nuggets in the first round.
  • The Pelicans finished ninth in the Play-In Championship and will host Tottenham Tuesday.

Dallas Mavericks 130 San Antonio Spurs 120

  • To climb to third, the Mavericks needed a Warriors loss as well as their win over Tottenham on Sunday. they did not. Dallas is the No. 4 seed and will face the Utah Jazz.
  • San Antonio is 10th and plays in New Orleans in the first round of the Play-In Championship. The winner of that game will play the loser from the Timberwolves-Clippers and fight for the No. 8 seed.
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Utah Jazz 111 Portland Trail Blazers 80

  • The math was simple for Utah: a win to clinch the No. 5 seed. Utah did just that and will face the Dallas Mavericks in the first round.
  • Trail Blazers have already been phased out.

Los Angeles Lakers 146, Denver Nuggets 141

  • There was one scenario that would have seen Denver ascend to the No. 5 seed: the Nuggets winning and the Jazz losing. That didn’t happen, so Denver would be seeded No. 6 and play the Golden State Warriors in the first round.
  • The Lakers have already been eliminated.

Boston Celtics 139, Memphis Grizzlies 110

  • The Celtics snatched away the second seed in the East with a win over Memphis after the Bucks lost to Cleveland earlier on Sunday. Boston will face the winner of the Play-In Tournament in a Brooklyn-Cleveland match.
  • The Memphis has already grabbed the second seed in the West and will face the Minnesota or Los Angeles Clippers in the first round.

Philadelphia 76ers 118, Detroit Pistons 106

  • And dropped 76 of the No. 4 seed after Boston’s victory over Memphis. Philadelphia will have a home advantage against the fifth-seeded Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.
  • The pistons have already been eliminated.

Chicago Bulls 124, Minnesota Timberwolves 120

  • The Bulls are ranked No. 6 and will face Dollars in the first round of the playoffs.
  • The Timberwolves will host the Los Angeles Clippers in Play-In Tuesday. The winner of that match will clinch the No. 7 seed and qualify to play the Grizzlies in the first round. The loser will host the winning Spurs in the Play-In tournament and fight for the No. 8 seed, and the winner of that match plays with the Suns in the first round.
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New York Knicks 105, Toronto Raptors 94

  • The Raptors grabbed the No. 5 seed. They would face the 76ers in the first round.
  • The Knicks have already been eliminated.

Orlando Magic 125, Miami Heat 111

  • Heat is reserved in the first seed. Miami will face the second survivor of the tournament (Netts, Cavaliers, Hawks or Hornets) in the first round.
  • The magic has already been eliminated.

Brooklyn Nets 134, Indiana Pacers 126

  • The Nets survived a pair run by Pacers to win 7th place. They will host Cleveland in their first Play-In Championship game. The winner of that match will get the seventh seed and play Boston in the first round of the playoffs.
  • The Pacers have already been eliminated.

Cleveland Cavaliers 133 Milwaukee Bucks 115

  • Milwaukee’s loss left the door open for Boston to smash the second seed with a win over Memphis. That put Dollars in third and facing the Chicago Bulls in the first round.
  • The Cavaliers’ win kept them in eighth place. They will play in Brooklyn in their first game of the Play-In Championship. The winner of that match will be the seventh seed and plays Boston in the first round of the playoffs.

Charlotte Hornets 124 Washington Wizards 108

  • Charlotte did what she could with a win over Houston, but wins for the other Play-In teams kept the Hornets in 10th place. They will play in Atlanta for their first game in the Play-In Championship. The winner of that match will play the loser of the Cavaliers Nets for eighth and final place.
  • The processors have already been eliminated.
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Atlanta Hawks 130, Houston Rockets 114

  • The Atlanta win helped secure a ninth-place finish and a domestic stadium advantage in a single game against the Charlotte Hornets.. The winner will qualify for his shot at the eighth seed, while the loser will miss the playoffs.
  • The missiles have already been eliminated.

Los Angeles Clippers 138, Oklahoma City Thunder 88

  • The Clippers finished eighth and will visit the Timberwolves in the Play-In Championship. The winner of that match will clinch the seventh seed and play the Grizzlies in the first round. The loser of the Clippers-Timberwolves will play the winner of Tottenham Hotspur over the eighth seed, and the winner of that match plays with the Suns in the first round.
  • Thunder has already been eliminated.

Sacramento Kings 116, Phoenix Suns 109

  • The Suns finished first in the Western Conference and will play the second survivor of the Play-In Championship (Timberwolves, Clippers, Pelicans or Spurs).
  • The kings have already been eliminated.

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