NBA Playoffs: All 10 Western Conference Seeds Set Before Play-In Tournament

Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren and point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren and point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander / Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The 2023–24 NBA regular season wrapped up on Sunday, meaning the stage is set for the play-in tournament which will tip off on Tuesday, April 16.

The Western Conference playoff race was closely contested, with three teams tied up for the No. 1 seed heading into the final game of the season. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets were deadlocked at 56–25.

The Thunder, who held the edge in terms of a tiebreaker, handily disposed of the Dallas Mavericks to lock up the top seed for the first time since 2012–13. The Timberwolves lost to the Phoenix Suns, while the Nuggets beat the Memphis Grizzlies, making Denver the conference's No. 2 seed as Minnesota dropped into third.

Meanwhile, participating in the play-in tournament, which runs from April 16–19, will be the No. 7 New Orleans Pelicans, No. 8 Los Angeles Lakers, No. 9 Sacramento Kings and No. 10 Golden State Warriors.

Take a look at the Western Conference playoff seeding:

No. 1 Seed: Oklahoma City Thunder
No. 2 Seed: Denver Nuggets
No. 3 Seed: Minnesota Timberwolves
No. 4 Seed: Los Angeles Clippers
No. 5 Seed: Dallas Mavericks
No. 6 Seed: Phoenix Suns
No. 7 Seed: New Orleans Pelicans
No. 8 Seed: Los Angeles Lakers
No. 9 Seed: Sacramento Kings
No. 10 Seed: Golden State Warriors

Here are the first-round matchups for the West, though the No. 7 and 8 seeds for the playoffs won't be determined until the conclusion of the play-in tournament.

First Round

No. 1 Thunder vs. No. 8 Seed
No. 2 Nuggets vs. No. 7 Seed
No. 3 Timberwolves vs. No. 6 Suns
No. 4 Clippers vs. No. 5 Mavericks

Karl Rasmussen


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