NBA play-in tournament matchups finalized, Lakers to face Warriors

The Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, pressures the Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

The stage is nearly set for the NBA Playoffs.

With the play-in tournament’s start on Tuesday and the playoffs themselves set to begin May 22, it took the league until the very last day of its compressed regular season to define its seedings.

The end result? The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers will have to fight for their chance to make the playoffs against the Golden State Warriors.

Here’s a look at the playoff picture in the Eastern and Western Conferences, from the winner-take-all play-in games and beyond.

Western Conference

Play-in tournament

No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers vs. No. 8 Golden State Warriors

No. 9 Memphis Grizzlies vs. No. 10 San Antonio Spurs

The Lakers-Warriors winner goes straight to the playoffs as the West’s No. 7 seed; the loser of that game will play host to the Grizzlies-Spurs winner to determine the West’s No. 8 seed and who will face top-seeded Utah in Round 1.

The loser of Grizzlies-Spurs will be instantly eliminated from post-season contention.

Round 1

No. 1 Utah Jazz vs. No. 8, the final West play-in qualifier winner

No. 2 Phoenix Suns vs. No. 7, the play-in winner of Lakers-Warriors

No. 3 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 6 Portland Trail Blazers

No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 5 Dallas Mavericks

Eastern Conference

Play-in tournament

No. 7 Boston Celtics vs. No. 8 Washington Wizards

No. 9 Indiana Pacers vs. No. 10 Charlotte Hornets

The Boston-Washington winner goes straight to the playoffs as the East’s No. 7 seed; the loser of that game will play host to the Indiana-Charlotte winner on Thursday to determine the East’s No. 8 seed and who will face top-seeded Philadelphia in Round 1.

The loser of Pacers-Hornets will be instantly eliminated from post-season contention.

Round 1

No. 1 Philadelphia 76ers vs. No. 8, the final East play-in qualifier winner

No. 2 Brooklyn Nets vs. No. 7, the play-in winner of Boston-Washington

No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 6 Miami Heat

No. 4 New York Knicks vs. No. 5 Atlanta Hawks

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