NBA season heading to a dramatic conclusion

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) [May-15-2021]

(Doug McSchooler, Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — It's the final day of the NBA regular season, with much still to be determined. LeBron James and the defending champion Lakers may be one game away from the playoffs.

Or they may be one game away from the play-in tournament, and a possible high-stakes showdown against Stephen Curry.

If the Lakers beat New Orleans tonight and Portland loses to Denver, the Lakers will go straight to the playoffs as a top-six seed. But if they lose to the Pelicans, or if Portland wins, they'll be in a play-in game against Golden State or Memphis on Wednesday.

Chris Bosh, Ben Wallace, Chris Webber and Jay Wright are among 16 new members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachussetts. The class of 2021 announced today also includes Paul Pierce and WNBA stars Yolanda Griffith and Lauren Jackson, along with Bill Russell.

Forty-six years after being selected to the Hall of Fame as a player, Russell enters again as a coach.

The Utah Jazz play their regular-season finale at Sacramento at 7 p.m. MT (AT&T SportsNet RM).

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