The NBA season restart is moving along with the seeding round, which wraps up next week. We’ve got a lot of NBA playoff implications heading into Sunday’s massive 7-game slate. There are five teams involved in the tight race for the 8-seed in the Western Conference in action to end the weekend, including the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies. Let’s take a look at the standings in the West and clinching scenarios.
Updated Western Conference 8-seed Standings
8. Portland Trail Blazers — 35-39*
9. Memphis Grizzlies — 34-39*
10. Phoenix Suns — 34-39 11. San Antonio Spurs — 32-38 0.5 GB 12. New Orleans Pelicans — 30-40 — 2.0 GB 13. Sacramento Kings — 29-41 — 3.0 GB
So let’s run down the schedule for today and scenarios:
Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics, 12:00 p.m. ET
Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 1:30 p.m. ET
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 4:00 p.m. ET
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns, 4:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz, 6:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets, 9:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Orlando Magic, 9:00 p.m. ET
Here’s a rundown of the scenarios for Thursday:
Update: The Trail Blazers defeated the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday to clinch a spot in the play-in tournament against the Grizzlies. Portland and Memphis will play at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Game 2 if needed will take place at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The Trail Blazers and Grizzlies clinch a spot in the play-in tournament with wins OR losses by the Spurs and Suns.
Update: The Grizzlies beat the Bucks to clinch one of the spots in the play-in tournament.
The Suns can clinch a spot in the play-in tournament with a win over the Mavericks AND a loss by the Grizzlies or Blazers
Update: The Suns beat the Mavericks and now await the results of the Blazers game following the Grizzlies win.
The Spurs can clinch a spot in the play-in tournament with a win over the Jazz AND losses by the Grizzlies and Blazers.
Update: The Grizzlies and Suns both won, which means the Spurs are eliminated from play-in tournament contention.
Here’s a quick recap of what happened Tuesday:
The Grizzlies clinch a spot in the play-in tournament with a win OR losses by the Spurs and Suns.
Update: The Grizzlies were defeated by the Celtics and are in a four-way tie with the Blazers, Spurs and Suns.
The Blazers clinch a spot in the play-in tournament with a win AND losses by the Spurs and Suns.
Update: The Blazers have taken over possession of the No. 8 seed in the West with a win over the Mavericks.
Update: The Blazers and Grizzlies can’t clinch the play-in tournament after wins by the Suns and Spurs.
The Suns are eliminated with a loss AND a Blazers win.
Update: The Suns have defeated the Sixers on Tuesday.
The Spurs are eliminated with a loss AND a win by either the Suns or Blazers.
Update: The Spurs defeated the Rockets on Tuesday.
Here’s a quick recap of what happened Monday:
The Nuggets clinched the Northwest Division.
Here’s a quick recap of what happened Sunday:
The Kings and Pelicans were both eliminated from playoff contention after both teams lost on Sunday.
The Raptors defeated the Grizzlies to clinch the No. 2 seed in the East. Memphis was unable to clinch a spot in the play-in tournament.