Warriors playoff scenarios: Breaking down Golden State’s playoff picture before Sunday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies

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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:

  • 6 – Portland Trail Blazers (41-30)

Games remaining in the regular season: 1

Next game: vs. Grizzlies, Sunday, May 16

Remaining schedule:

  • May 16: vs. Grizzlies (9th in West), 12:30 p.m.

Playoff opponents if season ended today:

Golden State’s playoff standings will come down to the final game of the regular season. Whoever wins between the Grizzlies and Warriors on Sunday will secure the No. 8 seed in the play-in tournament. The loser will shift to the No. 9 seed and meet the San Antonio Spurs in the opening game of the tournament.

As the current 8-seed, the winner would be slated for a one-game playoff against LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the current No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers to determine the overall No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. If the Warriors or Grizzlies win that game, they would move on to meet the No. 2 seed in the West (the Suns) in the first round.

If the Warriors or Grizzlies were to lose the opening play-in game, they would play the winner of a playoff between the No. 9 seed and No. 10 (San Antonio Spurs). If Golden State or Memphis 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.

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