The Lakers can take the No 6 seed if they win at New Orleans on Sunday and Portland loses to Denver that day. If the Lakers finish No 7, they will be in the play-in tournament against the No 8 seed.
There is still plenty to figure out as the NBA regular season comes to an end.
The injury-plagued Indiana Pacers failed in their bid to move up the Eastern Conference standings on Saturday. The Pacers face a must-win on Sunday afternoon on the road against the Toronto Raptors in Tampa, Fla., in order to finish ninth in the East and earn a home game in the NBA's new play-in tournament that tips off Tuesday. The Pacers, Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards will all take the court for 1 p.m. Eastern starts in a tie for the eighth-best record in the East (33-38), the result of the Pacers and Hornets both losing games on Saturday.