The Warriors, through no fault of their own, dropped one spot in the Western Conference standings on Wednesday night.
With the Los Angeles Clippers’ win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Crypto.com Arena, Golden State, formerly the No. 5 playoff seed, is now the sixth seed in the West.
The Clippers (42-38) and Warriors (42-38) split their season series, but Los Angeles has the better record against Pacific Division opponents, giving them the tiebreaker over Golden State.
The Warriors, now the sixth seed, are just a game ahead of the Lakers, 1 1/2 games ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans and two games ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves with two games to play.
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Golden State will return to the road to face the No. 3 playoff seed Sacramento Kings on Friday and the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday for two games that will ultimately decide if the Warriors can avoid the play-in tournament and secure a berth among the top six in the playoffs.