Apr 20, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of NBA playoffs logo during game two of the first round of the NBA playoffs the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Playoffs: WC Picture

With the playoffs just little over a week away, only two teams have secured playoff positions.

Coming out of the western conference, the Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies have secured the N0. 1 and 2 seeds.

Other than that, anything else is subject to change as the regular season dwindles to an end.

This year’s postseason will have a different feel with Lebron James and the Lakers missing from the playoffs. Marking the second time James has missed the playoffs since he joined the Lakers in 2018, it will only be the second time in the last 15 years that James has missed the playoffs.

Along with the Lakers, the Pistons, Rockets, Pacers, Knicks, Thunder, Magic, Trail Blazers, Kings and Wizards, will also miss the playoffs.

Nevertheless, here are the Western teams you can expect to see when the playoffs begin on April 16.

Top Six in the Western Conference Playoffs

Phoenix Suns No. 1 seed

  • The Suns have clinched the No. 1 seed
  • Locked in to have the league best record (63-17)


First Round Opponent: TBD (Play-in results)

Memphis Grizzlies No. 2 seed

  • Clinched the N0. 2 seed.
  • Locked in to have the league’s second best record.

First Round Opponent:  Timberwolves vs. Clippers play-in winner

Golden State Warriors No. 3 seed

  • Clinched a top four seed.
  • One game up on the N0. 4 Dallas mavericks with three games left


Current First Round Opponent: Nuggets

Dallas Mavericks No. 4 seed

  • Clinched a top four seed.
  • Have the tiebreaker over Golden State with two games left


Current First Round Opponent: Jazz

Utah Jazz No. 5 seed

  • Clinched a top six seed
  • Has the tiebreaker over the Mavs.

Current First Round Opponent: Mavs

Denver Nuggets No. 6 seed

  • One game behind the Jazz.
  • Can fall back into the play-in if they lose the next two games and Minnesota wins its next two


Current First-Round Opponent: Warriors

Western Play-In

Minnesota Timberwolves No. 7

  • Minnesota trails the Nuggets by two games with two to play and the Wolves control the tiebreaker. It needs to finish 2-0 and have the Nuggets finish 0-2.

Current Play-in matchup: Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers No. 8

  • Locked into the No. 8 seed.

Current Play-in matchup: Timberwolves

New Orleans Pelicans No. 9

  • Locked into the No. 9 or 10 seed.
  • New Orleans cannot finish any higher than the No. 9 seed

Current Play-in matchup: Spurs

San Antonio Spurs No. 10

  • Clinched a play-in berth on Tuesday with their win over the Nuggets and the Lakers’ loss to Phoenix

Current Play-in matchup: Pelicans

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