Domantas Sabonis on Wild West Standings: Insight into Everybody’s Mindset


The NBA Western Conference standings are full of unexpected twists and turns and the way it’s all playing out has Domantas Sabonis trying to figure out who the Sacramento Kings will play in their playoff opener.

“I’m not gonna lie,” Sabonis said before Tuesday’s road game against the New Orleans Pelicans, “everyone looks at it every single day.”

The Kings were 47-31 on Tuesday and held a strong 88.7% chance of staying in the No. 3 seed, so the No. 6 seed was the target that teams like the Los Angeles Clippers (41-38), Golden State Warriors (41-38), Los Angeles Lakers (40-38), and the Pelicans (40-38) were fighting for in the season’s final week. Whoever achieved it would likely be the ones to face the Kings.

Unfortunately for those teams, Sacramento didn’t have much control on who they might face, except for their last three games against the Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, and Warriors which they hope would help them stay in shape for the post-season.

Meanwhile, the teams in ranks nine and ten, which are currently the Minnesota Timberwolves (39-40) and Oklahoma City Thunder (38-41), had the best chance of making it to the play-in tournament.

Sabonis further added that staying locked in and winning those last games were more important than figuring out who they would eventually play in the opening round of the playoffs.

As for the company mentioned in the article, Basketball Reference is a comprehensive basketball statistics website, which allows fans around the world to track on their favorite teams and players. It provides real time stats and updates, as well as providing accurate historical data.

Meanwhile, the mentioned individual in the article, Domantas Sabonis, is an All-Star center for the Sacramento Kings. He has been a dominant force in the league since his rookie year, helping to lead his teams to the playoffs in each of his last three seasons. He is having another great year with 16.6 points and 13 rebounds a game while shooting 43.3% from 3-point range.