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Ahead of the 2020 NBA restart, LeBron James said he was a fan of the league having a play-in tournament to determine the final seeds of the playoffs. With his Los Angeles Lakers in danger of dropping into a play-in one season later, James’ tone has changed.
The loss was the Lakers’ third straight and seventh in their last nine games, dropping them into a three-way tie for seeds 5-7 with the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers would have the No. 6 seed and avoid the play-in if the season ended today because of tiebreaker advantages over Portland.
Seeds Nos. 7 and 8 are set to play a one-game playoff for the No. 7 seed following the end of the regular season. The loser of that game would go on to play the winner of a game between seeds No. 9 and No. 10 to determine the No. 8 seed.
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