Dallas Mavericks, Trail Blazers, and Lakers all battle for position
The Los Angeles Lakers won on Saturday afternoon to keep their chances alive of avoiding the play-in tournament. They need to defeat the shorthanded Pelicans on Sunday evening and get help. If they win, the Lakers would avoid the play-in with a Trail Blazer loss. A loss by the Lakers puts them in seventh.
If the Mavericks lose and the Trail Blazers and Lakers both win, they would end in a three-way tie. Dallas would be fifth in the West with Portland sixth and the Lakers seventh. Fans can see the tiebreakers here.
The Dallas Mavericks just need to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves to grab the fifth seed. Expect Luka Doncic and company to be ready and firing on all cylinders to clinch that spot.
Portland needs a win and the Mavs to lose to move up. They would be pushed into the play-in with a loss to Denver and a Lakers victory. That scenario would also let Dallas grab the fifth seed with a loss.
Prediction: Mavs finish fifth: Lakers win but remain in play-in tournament
There is plenty to watch on the final day of the regular season. The Dallas Mavericks, Trail Blazers, and Lakers all play at 8 p.m. CT, so do not miss it.