Big Game to Close the Regular Season for the Washington Wizards Today
The Washington Wizards clinched a spot in NBA post-season play when they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Today at 1pm they look to earn the 8th seed in the play-in tournament as they battle the Charlotte Hornets.
With the Boston Celtics locked into the 7th seed, the winner of today’s game between the Hornets and Wizards will be the 8th seeded team in the play-in tournament, with the losing team getting either the 9th or 10th seed, depending on how the Indians Pacers (current 10th seed) do in their game against the Toronto Raptors.
Earning the 8th seed means the Wizards would have two chances at winning a game that would advance them into the NBA playoffs– the first being against Boston.
Here’s how the play-in tournament works, according to ESPN:
- Game 1: The No. 7 team in the standings by winning percentage will host the No. 8 team, with the winner earning the No. 7 seed in the playoffs. The losing team gets another chance in Game 3.
- Game 2: The No. 9 team will host the No. 10 team, with the winner moving on to Game 3. The loser is eliminated and enters the NBA draft lottery.
- Game 3: The loser of the No. 7 vs. No. 8 matchup will host the winner of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 matchup, with the victor grabbing the No. 8 seed in the postseason. The loser of Game 3 also enters the lottery.