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Thunder Journal: Weigh-In on the Play-In

Thunder Journal: Weigh-In on the Play-In

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander did it again.

SGA hit yet another game-winner, this time with on the road against the Nuggets. The very same Denver team that is the #1 seed in the West, has the best home record in the NBA and had just won nine straight games.

Sure, the Nuggets didnโ€™t have their MVP candidate Serbian 7 footer. But neither did the Thunder. Get well soon, Poku.

The win improved OKC to 23-24 on the season.

The big looming question for OKC fans now is whether or not the Thunder are going to be play-in/playoff team. We are 57% of the way through the season and OKC is in a three-way tie for the 9 seed. The top 6 seeds are guaranteed a playoff spot. Seeds 7-10 will duke it out in a play-in tournament.

The Spurs and Rockets are all but guaranteed to wrap up seeds 14 and 15. The Jazz are free-falling after their hot start and most experts expect Utah to be sellers at the deadline. Letโ€™s say the Jazz take the 13 seed. That leaves 12 teams fighting for 10 spots.

Letโ€™s go ahead and call the Nuggets and Grizzlies locks. For the purposes of this exercise, weโ€™ll hesitantly say the Kings (really!) and Pelicans locks.

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