play-in Predictions

West play-in predictions: Suns perfect, Lillard spectacular, but who gets in? – ESPN




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  • Kevin PeltonESPN Senior Writer


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

Will Damian Lillard‘s scoring spree lead his Portland Trail Blazers to the playoffs?

And what about the 7-0 Phoenix Suns? Will they pull the surprise in this four-team race with the Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs?

How good are each team’s chances of getting to the play-in and winning? And who are they most likely to face?

I’ve projected the outcome of the four remaining games for these teams using the multiyear version of ESPN’s real plus-minus (RPM), factoring in what to expect from their opponents Thursday.

Let’s look at how the West play-in race will go heading into the final set of games.

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