NBA Playoff Brackets Confirmed! Analyzing The First Round Of The Western Conference Playoffs & Play-In Tournament

The battle for the final seeding commenced on April 14 and with the dust having finally cleared on what has been an incredible season in the NBA, the final seedings and play in spots have finally been decided. Here is the final Western Conference Seeding and playoff picture.
OKC Thunder Finished As The Number One Seed

OKC Thunder Finished As The Number One Seed

The battle for the final seeding commenced on April 14 and with the dust having finally cleared on what has been an incredible season in the NBA, the final seedings and play in spots have finally been decided. The NBA playoffs are truly a one of a kind spectacle as teams gear up to take on the challenge of going all the way to the finals. Here is the final Western Conference Seeding and playoff picture.
Oklahoma City Thunder Take First Seed
The young, energetic OKC Thunder took the first seed in dramatic fashion as the defending champions, Denver Nuggets fell to the San Antonio Spurs on the second last day of the regular season giving them the opportunity to secure the first seed. OKC will have their eyes closely glues to the screen as they wait to find out their opponent from the play in. OKC will play the team that secured 8th seed through the short format.
Denver Nuggets To Play the Lakers again?
The Los Angeles Lakers will be rueing their fortune as they spent the entirety of the past few weeks hoping to finish out of the final two play-in spots as that would almost guarantee an eighth seed finish which meant a likely opponent in Denver in the first round. Lakers did manage to finish 7th but Denver’s slip saw the defending champions finish second in the conference. If the Lakers manage to win their first game against the New Orleans Pelicans, they will be facing the team that swept them in the Western Conference Final last year.
Minnesota Timberwolves (3) Vs Phoenix Suns (6)
The two teams faced each other in the final match of the regular season, in a preview of things to come over the course of the next two weeks. Minnesota has been an excellent team this season and boast the third best defense in the league with the likes of Karl Anthony-Towns and Rudy Gobert amongst their ranks. If the past is any indication, they playoffs are usually dominated by teams possessing veterans in the ranks and there are not many better than Kevin Durant. Phoenix Suns are likely to make it out of the first round.
Los Angeles Clippers (4) Vs Dallas Mavericks (5)
The Clippers have home court advantage secured and will be looking to make the most of it against familiar opponents in Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. Luka will be looking to get revenge on the team that eliminated them in 2020 and 2021 but this time things might not be as easy for the Clippers. Luka Doncic is still doing things no one has ever done before but this is the first time that the Slovenian has another superstar amongst his ranks in the likes of Kyrie Irving. The Mavs have been in unreal form and will be looking to make a deep playoff run this year.
The Play-In Tournament
New Orleans Pelicans (7) Vs Los Angeles Lakers (8)
The LA Lakers are already in New Orleans as they faced the team in the final game of the regular season as well which they won comfortably thanks to a triple double Lebron James. The Lakers are expected to win this matchup despite Pelicans' home court advantage which will see them face the Denver Nuggets in the Playoffs.
Sacramento Kings (9) Vs Golden State Warriors (10)
The Kings spent the entirety of the season avoiding the play-in spots but the final few weeks of a tiring NBA season saw them drop down to 9th position and will now have to face familiar foes in the Golden State Warriors. This a rematch between the two teams who met in the first round of the Western Conference last season where the Golden State Warriors won in Game 7.
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