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With only a week left in the regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers have fallen all the way to the 7th seed in the Western Conference.

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After last night’s crucial matchup against the Portland Trailblazers, the Lakers came up short and not only gave the tiebreaker to the Blazers, but they fell to the 7th seed as a result. 

With only five regular-season games remaining for the Purple & Gold, Laker fans are worried their team will fall into the play-in tournament and make their quest for back-to-back titles an even higher mountain to climb.

The Laker faithful should not lose hope just yet because anything can happen in the last few games, and there is certainly nothing as a sure win. After the games tonight, the Lakers have a 37-30 record. The Blazers are ahead at 6th with a 39-29 record. The Mavs are in 5th with their 39-28 record.


Let’s take a look at the possible landing spots and scenarios for the defending champs in this year’s playoffs. 


Lakers win their last 5 games and finish 42-30

  • Lakers finish 5th seed
    • The Mavs lose at least 3 of their last 5 games and finish 41-31 or lower
    • The Blazers lose at least 2 of their last 4 games and finish 41-31 or lower
  • Lakers finish 6th seed 
    • Either the Mavs of Blazers finish 41-31 or lower, and the other finished 42-30 or higher
  • Lakers finish 7th seed 
    • Both the Mavs and Blazers finish 42-30 or higher

Lakers win 4 out of their last 5 games and finish 41-31

  • Lakers finish 5th seed
    • The Mavs lose at least 4 of their last 5 games and finish 40-32 or lower
    • The Blazers lose at least 3 of their last 4 games and finish 40-32 or lower
  • Lakers finish 6th seed
    • One team from the Blazers and Mavs finish 41-31 or higher, and the other finished 40-32 or lower
  • Lakers finish 7th seed
    • Both the Mavs and Blazers finish 41-31 or higher

Lakers win 3 out of their last 5 games and finish 40-32

  • Lakers finish 5th seed
    • The Mavs lose their last 5 games and finish 39-33
    • The Blazers lose their last 4 games and finish 39-33
  • Lakers finish 6th seed
    • One team from the Blazers and Mavs finish 40-32 or higher, and the other finishes 39-43
  • Lakers finish 7th seed
    • Both the Mavs and Blazers finish 40-32 or higher 

Lakers win 2 out of their last 5 games and finish 39-33

  • Lakers finish 7th seed
    • Automatic no matter the record of the Warriors because the Lakers own the tiebreaker

*If the Lakers finish with this record, they cannot reach the 5th or 6th seed anymore. 


Lakers win 1 out of their last 5 games and finish 38-34

  • Lakers finish 7th seed
    • The Warriors lose at least one of their last four games and finish with a 38-34 record or lower
  • Lakers finish 8th seed
    • The Warriors win all their remaining games and finish with a 39-33 record

Lakers lose their last 5 games and finish 37-35

  • Lakers finish 7th seed
    • The Warriors lose at least two of their last four games and finish with a 37-35 record or lower
  • Lakers finish 8th seed
    • The Warriors win at least three of their last four games and finish with a 38-34 record or higher

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A lot can still happen in the next week, and Lakers fans are on the edge of their seats to see where their team will land.
Whether they are in the play-in or not, Laker Nation will still root for their team to defend their title and win it all.

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