The Washington Wizards are currently 9th in the East and will be smack bang in the middle of the upcoming NBA play-in tournament. With the regular season ending on May 16, the Wizards have four games left to play. Two against the Hawks, one against the Cavaliers, and one against the Hornets.
At the beginning of the season, the Wizards needed to figure out many moving parts throughout their roster. But as time went on, the team worked out the kinks, and Washington, as of late, has been winning significant games and rocketing up the Eastern Conference. And with these last four games, they can keep improving. I bring this up because there is a massive advantage for the Wizards to improve into the 7th or 8th position. If that happens, it will give them one more chance against the 9th or 10th place team to make the Playoffs. So let’s break it down.
Most likely, the Wizards will stay in the ninth place, which I will let this article explain if you want to read up on the nitty-gritty. But more importantly, there are two scenarios to focus on, and they are very optimistic.
One: The Wizards advance to 8th
Washington needs to move past the Hornets for this to happen. It can only be done if the Hornets win a maximum of 2 games before they clash, and then Washington ultimately beats them in the end. The Wizards will also need to win all three before that. If Hornets only win one game, then the Wizards need to win two, and so on. The Hornets have the Nuggets, Clippers, and Knicks before the big clash.
Two: The Wizards jump to 7th
The Wizards would need to win all four games while the Celtics lose all of their remaining four games. Boston has the Heat, Cavs, Timberwolves, and Knicks to beat, which looks doubtful to happen, but you never know.
Side Note: Tonight’s match could also have another significant meaning as Russell Westbrook is one triple-double away from breaking Oscar Robertson’s long-standing triple-double record. But he will have to break that record without Bradley Beal in the lineup.
Catch you Thursday.