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How the San Antonio Spurs can clinch 2018 NBA Playoff spot

By Rob Wolkenbrod
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 03: San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich stares at an official during an NBA game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers on April 3, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 03: San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich stares at an official during an NBA game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers on April 3, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs enter Monday’s game in a must-win scenario, but can also receive help to get into the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

The San Antonio Spurs must fight for their playoff lives on Monday night, against the Sacramento Kings, at the AT&T Center; it’s a place the Spurs found success all season, and the right spot for a playoff-clinching scenario. That’s especially given the team’s struggles on the road (14-26 with one game to go).

Saturday’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers helped the cause, but it did not solidify anything for the Silver and Black. So, how can they reach the postseason? Let’s take a look at what they need to happen:

  • Spurs clinch with win vs. Kings
  • Spurs clinch with Timberwolves loss
  • Spurs clinch with Nuggets loss

There’s three ways San Antonio can move to Round 1 of the playoffs. It’s no guarantee, of course, as the Timberwolves will play one of the NBA’s worst teams, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Nuggets are on a five-game winning streak. The Kings also won two of their past three games, albeit to the Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers, who the Spurs had trouble defeating this season.

If a win can’t be pulled off vs. Sacramento and the Timberwolves and Nuggets win, then it presents a problem. The Spurs must battle another playoff-worthy opponent, the New Orleans Pelicans, who present a grander challenge. There’s nothing certain about that, so topping a 26-54 team is an opportunity San Antonio must take advantage of. It not only takes the pressure off Game No. 82, but weakens any potential havoc Anthony Davis wreaks on them.

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The Spurs fight for their playoff hopes at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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