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A question about the draft and the play-in games 

Post#1 » by Nate the Great » Fri Jan 8, 2021 6:59 pm

This season has a different playoff structure, as teams with the seventh-best and eighth-best records in each conference will play one game; the winner becomes the No. 7 seed in the playoffs. The teams with the ninth- and tenth-best records will play a game, with the winner playing the loser of the “seven-eight” game for the right to become the No. 8 seed in the playoffs.

Question, does anyone know how this affects the lottery? If the team with the ninth- or tenth-best record becomes the eight seed, is that team still a lottery team? It’s unlikely to matter as that team would then play the top seeded team, but I find it interesting to think that there’s a one-in-a-billion chance that a team could win it all and then get the first pick in the draft.

Has this been explained, or does the NBA just think it’s unlikely to be an issue?

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Re: A question about the draft and the play-in games 

Post#2 » by Marcus » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:38 pm

Damn good question. I might have to do some research into it. I'd assume that the record would remain paramount and hold more weight than the play in aspect but I can see why it wouldn't.
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Re: A question about the draft and the play-in games 

Post#3 » by azwfan » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:15 am

Just my interpretation...

Play-in games are not postseason games.
Teams that don't make the postseason are in the lottery.
So therefore a 9 or 10 seed that makes the playoffs will not be in the lottery.
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Re: A question about the draft and the play-in games 

Post#4 » by Marcus » Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:31 am

azwfan wrote:Just my interpretation...

Play-in games are not postseason games.
Teams that don't make the postseason are in the lottery.
So therefore a 9 or 10 seed that makes the playoffs will not be in the lottery.


That's what I figured as well. And to be honest I like the idea of the play in having no affect on the lottery. Small of a chance as it may be I'm intrigued by a concept that a team on the brink can win a play in and with some lucky rolls land a top 5 shortly afterwards.
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Re: A question about the draft and the play-in games 

Post#5 » by VCfor3 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:05 am

Marcus wrote:
azwfan wrote:Just my interpretation...

Play-in games are not postseason games.
Teams that don't make the postseason are in the lottery.
So therefore a 9 or 10 seed that makes the playoffs will not be in the lottery.


That's what I figured as well. And to be honest I like the idea of the play in having no affect on the lottery. Small of a chance as it may be I'm intrigued by a concept that a team on the brink can win a play in and with some lucky rolls land a top 5 shortly afterwards.

Yeah I assume the rules will be similar to the POR-MEM play in. All non-playoff teams after the play-in are in the lottery, and all lottery teams have their position determined by pre-play-in rankings/record.

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