Breaking down the Western Conference Play-In Tournament teams

Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs
NBA Analysis Network

This year’s NBA play-in tournament is going to feature plenty of excitement and great basketball, but especially in the Western Conference. Not only will San Antonio at Memphis in the 9/10 seed game be intriguing, but the 7/8 seed matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors may be the most anticipated game of the year!

The rivalry between LeBron James and Stephen Curry continues Wednesday night as the Golden State Warriors head to the Staples Center in a one-game, “winner take all” series to decide the 7-seed and who gets the Phoenix Suns in the first-round of the playoffs. 

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While the loser of this game is not officially out of the playoffs, as they will take on the winner of the 9/10 seed game for the rights to the 8-seed in the Western Conference, the Lakers-Warriors game is surely going to provide fans with plenty of fireworks and a thrilling game from start to finish. 

Looking at the four teams playing in this year’s NBA play-in tournament in the Western Conference, it is clear that the Spurs, Grizzlies and Warriors may not have much of a chance to advance past the play-in tournament and win in the first-round, but the Los Angeles Lakers are definitely a team that could potentially upset either the Phoenix Suns or Utah Jazz. 

No 7-seed has ever made it to the NBA Finals, yet alone won a championship, but then again, no 7-seed has ever had one of the best players in NBA history in LeBron James, as well as one of the most dominant big men in the league in Anthony Davis. With all of this said, let’s dive in and take a look at each of the four teams participating in this year’s NBA play-in tournament in the Western Conference. 

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Brett Siegel joined NBA Analysis Network as an NBA Insider and Journalist in 2020 after previously working with Louisville Basketball and FanSided covering the NBA. He was a member of our staff until April 2022.