The Los Angeles Lakers did their job in right this moment’s recreation, beating the Utah Jazz 128-117. However they wanted a loss by the Golden State Warriors to keep away from falling into the NBA’s play-in event.
That assist didn’t arrive, because the Warriors pounded the Portland Path Blazers 157-101, clinching the ultimate assured playoff spot at No. 6 for themselves. The win bumped the Lakers to the No. 7 place.
As a substitute of a relaxation, the Lakers will now must gear up for a house recreation in opposition to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday. That recreation will likely be televised by TNT. If the Lakers lose, they are going to nonetheless have a shot to remain within the playoffs by successful a recreation on April 14 in opposition to the winner of the opposite Western convention play-in recreation.
The common playoffs begin April 15 and are anticipated to run by means of June 18.
The Lakers began the season with a 2-10 report, however righted the ship and completed above .500. Nonetheless, a group that skews older may have used the time without work.