With just two games left in the regular season, three Western Conference teams are looking to sneak their way into the 2018 NBA G League playoffs. The Sioux Falls Skyforce is one of them. However, after losing three straight games the Force no longer control their own destiny, and will need some help if they want to earn a spot in the post season.
There are still two different ways that the Skyforce can advance. First, Sioux Falls can still win the Midwest Division over the Oklahoma City Blue, which would catapult them to the #3 seed and allow them to host a playoff game in the first round. Trailing the Blue by just one game, The Skyforce would need to win both games down in Northern Arizona this weekend, and the Blue would have to drop their final two contests to the Austin Spurs and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Sioux Falls would need to finish with a better overall record than Oklahoma City, as the Blue would win in any tie-breaker scenario.
However, if the Blue were to win either of their last two games, one scenario for the Skyforce to make the playoffs still remains. Sioux Falls trails the Reno Bighorns by two games as we approach this weekend. The Bighorns have games both at Salt Lake City and Santa Cruz to end the season, and if they were to lose both of them the Force can tie Reno for the last wild card slot.
If Sioux Falls and Reno end the year in a tie, the Skyforce would hold the better head-to-head record between the two teams, and could steal that last playoff position. This would place Sioux Falls as the #6 seed in the Western Conference. Ironically, if the Force earn the #6 seed they would likely visit Oklahoma City in the first round of the playoffs.
The Skyforce won their only matchup against the Northern Arizona Suns this season, and will need to sweep the season series with two wins in Prescott Valley on Friday and Saturday for any of this to be possible. If the Force were to lose, or if either Reno or Oklahoma City were to win just one of their final two games, Sioux Falls will find itself out of the playoffs for the second season in a row.