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NBA playoffs 2021: Everything you need to know about the 19 teams in the mix

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But before we lock in the full 16-team field, here’s a look at the first round of the play-in tournament, during which two teams from each conference will secure the Nos.

  • The Indiana Pacers defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 144-117, to advance to Game 2 of the play-in, where they will face the Wizards in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night with the No. 8 seed at stake. 8 Golden State Warriors at No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers

  • And yes, that is not a typo: The defending champion Lakers are in fact fighting for their postseason lives in the play-in tournament. If they can make it into the field, a healthy LeBron James and Anthony Davis could make the Lakers one of the most dangerous No. 7 or No. 8 seeds in NBA history.

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