Wizards can get 8th seed thanks to Lakers and Knicks helping them

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Wizards can get 8th seed thanks to Lakers and Knicks helping originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

A dream scenario has played out for the Wizards in the final days of the regular season. Washington got major help with the results of two games on Saturday afternoon: The Knicks beat the Hornets and the Lakers beat the Pacers.

That sets up a scenario on Sunday where if the Wizards beat the Hornets at home, they secure the eighth-seed in the Eastern Conference. Even if they lose, and Indiana also loses, they would finish ninth. If they lose and the Pacers win, they drop to 10th.

Getting ninth would come with homecourt advantage in the first round of the play-in tournament. Getting eighth would make a major difference in their chances of qualifying for the playoffs.

If the Wizards finish eighth, they would only need to win one game to make the playoffs. They would also have double elimination, meaning they could lose the first game and still have a chance. If they finish ninth or 10th, they would have to win two games with single elimination to qualify.

So now the Wizards will go into their final regular-season game with plenty on the line, and with plenty to possibly gain. If they win, they will be heading to Boston in the seven-eight game, needing just one win to advance and earn a first-round series.

That should make Sunday's game between the Wizards and Hornets must-see. Coverage begins at 12 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.