NBA playoff picture, current matchups, projections, tiebreakers: Lakers look pretty safe to make play-in

The Los Angeles Lakers have lost eight of their last 10 games and are 10 games under .500, but they still feel pretty safe to at least make the play-in round. Entering play on Wednesday, the Lakers have just a two-loss lead over the No. 11 Blazers, but Portland is actively tanking and will fall out of the race soon. The threat is the No. 12 Spurs, who aren’t that close, trailing the Lakers by four games in the loss column with 13 to play. 

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We’re going to be keeping close tabs on the playoff race with daily updates the rest of the way. Below is where things stand entering play on Wednesday, March 16.

NOTE: Our SportsLine model, developed by predictive data engineer Stephen Oh, simulates the entire season 10,000 times and is constantly updating to reflect changing circumstances to produce the most unbiased and precise projections imaginable

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Phoenix has all but locked up the No. 1 overall seed. With 13 games remaining, the Suns have an eight-loss lead over the No. 2 Grizzlies and No. 3 Warriors for the West’s No. 1 seed, and a 10-loss lead over the Heat for the top overall seed. 

Projected seed: 1Current first-round matchup: TBD (play-in results)Tiebreaker vs. No. 2 Grizzlies: Season series 1-1 with one to playTiebreaker vs. No. 3 Warriors: Golden State leads season series 2-1 with one to play

FIGHT FOR NO. 2 SEED

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