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How Golden State Warriors Match Up Against Every Potential Playoff Opponent
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I guess you could say this is jumping the gun. I guess.

According to John Hollinger's Playoff Odds, there's still a 0.3 chance that the Golden State Warriors miss the playoffs.

They could have clinched against the Utah Jazz on April 7, but were thoroughly outplayed in their own building. Still, we can safely assume that the loss was just a postponement of a party that will come soon.

And a party it will be if and when the Warriors clinch. It would be just the second time in 19 years that Golden State makes the postseason, and barring a monumental collapse, the first that they will finish higher than No. 8. 

However, the Warriors loss to Utah did open up one very real possibility: falling to No. 7. The Rockets trail the Warriors by one game but own both the tiebreaker and the easier closing schedule. This only creates more potential first-round matchups, as there already were several.

If the Warriors finish in sixth, they could play the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers or Memphis Grizzlies. All three are within two games of each other.

If they fall to seventh, they'll face either Oklahoma City or San Antonio, the top two teams in the West who are separated by one game.

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