Los Angeles Lakers fans are rejoicing after the Clippers lost a game, which has improved the Lakers’ odds of avoiding the NBA’s play-in tournament. The Lakers have been struggling with injuries to key players this season, and many fans were worried that they would have to compete in the play-in tournament to secure a spot in the playoffs.
The play-in tournament is a new format that was introduced by the NBA this year. It involves the seventh through tenth-placed teams in each conference playing each other for a chance to advance to the playoffs. The Lakers are currently in the fifth spot in the Western Conference, but they are only one game ahead of the sixth-placed Portland Trail Blazers and two games ahead of the seventh-placed Dallas Mavericks.
The Clippers, who are the third-placed team in the Western Conference, lost to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. This loss has improved the Lakers’ odds of finishing in the top six and avoiding the play-in tournament. Lakers fans took to social media to express their delight at the Clippers’ loss and the improved odds for their team.
The Lakers have been dealing with a string of injuries this season, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis both missing significant time. The team has struggled to find consistency and has lost several games to teams that they would normally beat. The Lakers will be hoping to avoid the play-in tournament and secure a spot in the playoffs, where they will be looking to defend their NBA title.
Despite their struggles, the Lakers have been one of the most popular teams in the league this season. They have a large and dedicated fanbase who will be hoping to see the team return to the playoffs and make a deep run towards another championship. The Clippers’ loss has given them hope that this will be possible, and Lakers fans will be eagerly watching the rest of the season to see how their team fares.