The Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards, and Indiana Pacers are all tied at 33-38 for the Eastern Conference’s No. 8, No. 9, and No. 10 seeds. With only one regular season game left, today’s matchup against the Wizards could ultimately determine if the Hornets make the playoffs or not.
Charlotte holds the tiebreaker over both the Wizards and Pacers. A win today would cement the Hornets as the No. 8 seed. This is massively important in light of the NBA’s new play-in approach where the No. 7 through No. 10 seeds will face off to determine who makes the playoffs. If the Hornets win today they will face the No. 7 seed and the winner makes the playoffs. If they lose as the No. 8 seed, they will face the winner of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 seed, and the winner of that game makes the playoffs.
The path to the playoffs is much easier as the No. 8 seed than if the Hornets lose today and end up No. 9 or No. 10. This game is about as big as it gets in the regular season.