As the regular season is over, now we have the most important part ahead of us, the Playoffs, but first we still have to see which teams will be the last ones to qualify. The teams that participate in the Play-in are the Timberwolves, Clippers, Pelicans, Spurs, Hornets, Nets, Hawks and Cavaliers. Which ones will make it through?
The Play-in will take place between April 12th and 15th. Remember how the format that was used for the first time last season works and the controversy and critics towards it from players like LeBron James.
New Orleans Pelicans-San Antonio Spurs
The Pelicans have finished the season 9th. The team of Willy Hernangómez has been unable to count on Zion Williamson this season, but they have found the way to keep themselves in the mid table. On the other hand, the Spurs have ended 10th and have left the Lakers out of the Play-in. This is a very even game between two teams that are in a good momentum to make it to the next round.
Minnesota Timberwolves-Los Ángeles Clippers
Very even matchup between the Timberwolves and the Clippers. The first ones have tried to keep the battle with the Denver Nuggets for the last direct access spot for the Playoffs, but Jokic is at an unstoppable level and so they have ended up in the Play-in. With a solid project finally, the Timberwolves have many chances to make it through against a Clippers that have improved with the return of Paul George.
Atlanta Hawks-Charlotte Hornets
The Hawks have done a very good season with Trae Young in charge. They have ended 9th and have a present and future team. On the other hand, the Hornets have finished 10th with a very average team that can be attractive due to LaMelo Ball. This a duel of personalities between Trae and LaMelo.
Brooklyn Nets-Cleveland Cavaliers
No doubt that this is the most exciting game of the Play-in. The season of the Nets has not gone as expected based on their outcomes. Kevin Durant has put the team on his back and so they are favorites to qualify for the next round, and play against the Boston Celtics. On the other hand, the Cavs have had a season full of adversities, specially with injuries. Despite it all, they are a young team with a lot of projection in the future.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
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