A look at the Lakers’ playoff picture after a 93-89 win over Denver

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No LeBron James, no problem for the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Monday night. Anthony Davis led the way with 25 points and a game-clinching block as the Lakers improved to 37-28 on the year with a 93-89 win over Denver.

With the NBA play-in tournament a hot topic of discussion following James’ postgame press conference on Sunday night, here is a dive into where Los Angeles sits with just seven games remaining in the regular season.

The Lakers sit at 37-28 on the year, which currently puts them in fifth overall in the west. With Dallas at 36-28, the Mavericks have a game in hand and the tiebreaker over the Lakers. This Friday, Los Angeles visits the Portland Trailblazers (36-29 and currently in seventh place) in a massive game that will not only impact seeding but also decide the tiebreak between those two squads.

With tonight’s win, the Lakers clinched a spot in the NBA play-in tournament. As far as clinching a direct playoff berth and a top-6 seed, that magic number sits at 6.