Even though the San Antonio Spurs may finish the season well below .500, there's still a decent chance they'll be hovering near a play-in tournament spot by default.
For the third straight season, the NBA will be having the Play-In Tournament in both conferences that will give nine and 10 seeds a chance at sneaking into the postseason. This season, it'll take place from April 12-15 before the NBA playoffs officially start on April 16th.
For the full format of the tournament, you can check out the NBA's FAQ page, but here's a brief rundown of how it works:
The seventh seed in a given conference will host the eighth seed, with the winner then earning the seventh spot in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the team with the 9th-highest winning percentage will host the 10th seed. Then, the loser of the Seven-Eight Game will play the winner of the Nine-Ten game to determine who gets the No. 8 seed.
Last season, the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Spurs in the Nine-Ten game and went on to upset the Golden State Warriors to sneak into the playoffs as the ninth-best team in the West.
Before we jump into the teams to watch as competition in the 7-10 range, let's look at how many wins the Spurs should be expected to win.