Warriors playoff scenarios: Breaking down Golden State’s playoff picture following two wins vs. Thunder

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The start of the new-look NBA playoffs are rapidly approaching, and every game is crucial across the league as teams are battling for playoff positioning. New in 2021 is the launch of the play-in tournament, which gives four teams from each conference the chance to occupy the final two playoff slots for the first round – and means that the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds could potentially be sent home early.

How does the NBA’s new playoff system work, and which teams are the Warriors projected to face? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a comprehensive look at the standings, the Warriors’ remaining schedule, and their potential playoff opponents with seven games left in the regular season.

The current standings:

  • 5 – Dallas Mavericks (40-28)

  • 6 – Portland Trail Blazers (39-29) – 1 game back

  • 7 – Los Angeles Lakers (38-30) – 2 games back

  • 8 – Golden State Warriors (35-33) – 5 games back

  • 9 – Memphis Grizzlies (34-33) – 5.5 games back

  • 10 – San Antonio Spurs (32-35) – 7.5 games back

  • 11 – New Orleans Pelicans (31-37) – 9 games back

Games remaining in the regular season: 4

Next game: vs. Jazz, Monday, May 10

Remaining schedule:

  • May 10: vs. Jazz (1st in West), 7 PT

  • May 11: vs. Suns (2nd in West), 7 PT

  • May 14: vs. Pelicans (10th in West), 7 PT

  • May 16: vs. Grizzlies (9th in West), time TBD

Playoff opponents if season ended today:

As the current 8-seed, the Warriors would have a star-studded one-game playoff against LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers to determine the overall No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. If the Warriors won that game, they would move on to face the No. 2 seed in the West (the Suns) in the first round.

If the Warriors were to lose that game, they would play the winner of a playoff between the No. 9 and No. 10 teams. If Golden State won that game, they would become the overall No. 8 seed in the West, and face the No. 1 seed Utah Jazz in the first round.