The Dallas Mavericks clinched a playoff berth with their win over the Raptors on Friday night. Luka Doncic had his 11th triple-double of the season as he lifted the Mavs to their second straight postseason appearance. Dallas will be in the top six, but there is still plenty to play for on the final day of the regular season.
The Western Conference is wild right now. No team has clinched their seed heading into the final day of the regular season, expect the San Antonio Spurs in the tenth and final play-in spot. All 30 teams play on Sunday to wrap up the 2020-2021 campaign. There will be plenty of jockeying in the standings to come.
Let us break down each race and what could happen on the final day to give fans a clearer picture of what is on the line.
Warriors versus Grizzlies for eighth in West: Improve odds to join Dallas Mavericks in playoffs
At 2:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, the Golden State Warriors face the Memphis Grizzlies in a possible play-in tournament preview. The two teams are currently knotted in the standings meaning the winner will be eight in the Western Conference and the loser ninth.
That holds massive significance in the play-in tournament. Eight has to lose two games to be knocked out. Ninth faces the San Antonio Spurs in an elimination game. The winner plays the loser of the seven versus eight contest for the final playoff spot. Both teams will be fighting hard for the win in what should be one of the better games on the regular season’s final day.
Prediction: Warriors top Grizzlies for eighth
The fight for playoff seeding does not stop there, and each battle has implications for the Dallas Mavericks.
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