New NBA playoff predictions: Which two teams will make the play-in?

  • Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
  • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

How much did Sunday’s win by the Portland Trail Blazers help their chances of reaching the playoffs?

Portland’s win ellminated both the New Orleans Pelicans — the most likely team to force a play-in entering the restart — and the Sacramento Kings from contention for ninth place in the West.

Once again, I’ve used the multiyear version of ESPN’s real plus-minus (RPM) to simulate the remaining seeding games 1,000 times.

Let’s take a look at what to expect going forward in the West play-in race.

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