Four days of sowing games remain, and the gaming race in the West is reaching its breaking point. The seed games end on Friday, but all relevant play games will be selected by Thursday, when the Portland Trail Blazers play the Brooklyn Networks.
There are many scenarios that are still in play, but the picture will be cleared at least shortly after Tuesday. The Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns are closing the gap in the Memphis Grizzlies with No. 8, which may not come without a doubt for the total play-off tournament.
The Spurs are first on Tuesday, taking over the Houston Rockets, who are still running for the position in Narg 4-6 seed pods. The Suns are still spinning, moving 6-0 in the bubble, and will face the wrapped Philadelphia 76ers. The Grizzlies are 1-5 in the bubble and have a tough draw to finish, starting with the Boston Celtics. Boston can rest beginners with its locked position, but the Celtics have a great line to the feet between getting ready and relaxing. Damian Lillard is on a scoring record, and his Blazers will take on a Dallas Mavericks squad still trying to avoid a first-round match with the LA Clippers.
Here is the current situation:
The Grizzlies get the 8s if they win their last two games or if they win one and Portland loses one or if Portland loses both, Phoenix loses one and San Antonio loses one. The Blazers enter if they win the last two and Memphis loses one or if they win one and Memphis loses both, with the Spurs and Suns their last split. The sun sets if they win the last two, the Grizzlies lose the last two and the Blazers split the two. The Spurs enter if they win the last two, Memphis loses both and Portland and Phoenix split their two finalists.
By the end of the business on Tuesday, the Grizzlies could block No.8 if they beat the Celtics and the Blazers lose to the Mavericks. This is the only result that can be resolved in terms of No.8.
For 9-seeds? If the Blazers beat the Mavericks and everyone else loses, Portland is at least guaranteed No. 9. Beyond that, things will have to wait until Thursday. – Royce Young
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Tuesday’s clinical scenarios
Here are, directly from NBA computers:
Memphis Captures a Point in the Play-Up Match with a Win OR Loss by Phoenix and San Antonio
Portland scores a point in play-off game with a win AND loss by Phoenix and San Antonio
Phoenix eliminated with a loss AND a Portland win
San Antonio is eliminated with a loss AND a win either by Portland or Phoenix
So by the end of the day, both of Saturday play-off opponents can be decided, or neither of them could, in which case we will do this dance again on Thursday.
Tuesday’s games are a must see
Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs | 2 pm ET
After winning Sunday against the Pelicans, the Spurs hope to stay alive in the race for a play-off tournament point by beating their rivals in the state. Houston also has something to play: The Rockets are trying to close in on the fourth seed in the Western Conference. – Tim Bontemps
Boston Celtics vs Memphis Grizzlies | 5 pm ET
Memphis still has everything to play for and needs a win in one of its last two games against Boston or Milwaukee to secure a place in the play-off tournament next weekend. The Grizzlies could take a break from playing the Celtics, who are locked in third seed and have nothing to play for. – Bontemps
Full table of results for Tuesday
The Kings Sacramento and New Orleans Pelicans were eliminated from the post-season brawl on Sunday, leaving the opportunity to make the play-off tour to the Grizzlies, Trail Blazers, Suns and Spurs. All four of these teams play on Tuesday with little room for error.
No.8 The Grizzlies have yet to secure an offer after the season and must win their last two games to control their fate. On Tuesday, they play the Celtics, who have little to play for and can rest beginners. The Suns also face a tough Eastern team, but the Sixers will be without Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
The Spurs and Blazers face Western teams still playing for their seed. The Rockets and Mavericks each sit one game behind the team in front of them, with three and two games remaining, respectively.
8. Memphis Grizzlies | 33-38 (.465) | –
9. Blazers Portland Trail | 33-39 (.458) | 0.5 GB
10. Sun Phoenix | 32-39 (.451) | 1.0 GB
11. San Antonio Spurs | 31-38 (.449) | 1.0 GB
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Wednesday’s games are a must see
Indiana Pacers vs Houston Rockets | 4 pm ET
Beloved Bubble TJ Warren will seek to get back on track after a disappointing game (12 points, 5-of-14 shots, 2-of-6 out of 3) against the Miami Heat. However, Warren is averaging 31 points per game in the bubble, with a throw line of 57.8 / 52.4 / 88.9. The Pacers hope Warren will resume his scoring score because they are on track to face Miami in the first round. Houston, meanwhile, will be on the second night of a back. Russell Westbrook will miss Wednesday’s game for the break, though the plan is to bring Eric Gordon back. Gordon has not played in any planting games due to a sprained foot. – Andrew Lopez
LA Clippers vs Denver Nuggets | 9 pm ET
This game could end in placing No. 2 seed in the Western Conference – or let Denver’s fight not fall into No. 4 seed, depending on Houston performance. To go up from Nr. 3 in no. 2, Denver would have to win back-to-back games to finish the seed games, and the Clippers would have to give up both of their games. Denver is going through a three-point loss to the Lakers in which Kyle Kuzma’s 3-pointer ahead with 3rd with 0.4 left raised Los Angeles on the Denver bench, who played fourth. The Clippers will take a two-day break after Sunday’s 129-120 loss to the nets. However, it was Kawhi Leonard’s best performance in the bubble, as he finished with 39 points – tied for the third most points he has scored in a game this season. – Lopez
Full table of results for Wednesday
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