After a disappointing 122-117 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, the Blazers still control their destiny to get into the NBA postseason. But, their chances of earning the eighth seed outright entering the play-in games have taken a hit.
Now, while the Blazers focus on taking on the Philadelphia 76ers at 3:30 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Northwest, other games around the league will also impact the Blazers' chances.
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Let's break it down.
Here are the standings heading into Sunday. UPDATED AFTER MEMPHIS LOSS, SAN ANTONIO WIN, AND NEW ORLEANS LOSS.
8. Memphis Grizzlies Remaining Schedule: Boston, Milwaukee
9. Portland Trail Blazers (1.0 games behind) Remaining schedule: Philadelphia, Dallas, Brooklyn
10. San Antonio Spurs (1.0 games behind) Remaining schedule: Houston, Utah
11. Phoenix Suns (1.5 games behind) Remaining schedule: OKC, Philadelphia, Dallas
12. New Orleans Pelicans (2.5 games behind) Remaining schedule: Sacramento, Orlando
13. Sacramento (3.0 games behind) Remaining schedule: Houston, New Orleans, Los Angeles Lakers (Eliminated from the eighth seed)
Notable games Sunday, August 09.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Toronto Raptors (11:00 a.m. PT)
Line: TOR -6.5
Who you want to win: Toronto. Toronto won 108-99.
If Memphis wins, they will clinch at least the ninth seed in the Western Conference.
San Antonio Spurs v New Orleans Pelicans (12:00 p.m. PT)
Line: NOP -3.5
Who you want to win: New Orleans. San Antonio is closer to Portland in the standings so giving them a loss is more important. San Antonio won 122-113.
Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings (5:00 p.m. PT)
Line: HOU -4.5
The Kings need to win to keep their hopes for the ninth seed alive, however, a win by Portland also eliminates them.
After entering the bubble 3.5 games behind the Grizzlies and facing the hardest seeding game schedule of the teams fighting for the eighth seed, the Blazers are now just a game and a half behind Memphis, but with only three games remaining for each team.
Portland Wins Eighth Seed:
-Portland goes 3-0, Memphis goes 1-1
-Portland goes 2-1, Memphis goes 0-2, San Antonio goes 1-1, Phoenix goes 2-1
Portland Wins Ninth Seed:
-Portland goes 3-0
-Portland goes 2-1, San Antonio goes 1-1, Phoenix goes 2-1
-Portland goes 1-2, San Antonio goes 0-2, Phoenix goes 1-2, New Orleans goes 2-1
A Portland win and Memphis loss to Toronto would set the Blazers up to be a half-game back of the Grizzlies with two games remaining for both teams. A Blazers loss to the Sixers and a San Antonio win against New Orleans and the Blazers will fall to the tenth seed in a tie with Phoenix.
Moving into the eight seed would be huge for the Blazers. Not only does it give you more separation from the ten seed and gives Portland a chance to play its way into the postseason, but it would make it so the Blazers only need to win one play-in game rather than two.
But the team needs to just qualify for the play-in games for the postseason regardless. Damian Lillard wanted a path to get into the postseason and now the Blazers are on track to do just that.
You can catch Sunday’s Blazers-Sixers game on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers with tip-off set for 3:30 p.m. Our coverage starts at 1:00 p.m. with ‘Blazers Game Day’ followed by ‘Blazers Warm-up’ at 2:30 p.m. and ‘Blazers Pregame’ at 3:00 p.m.
Plus, to wrap up a Blazers Game Day, check out ‘Blazers Outsiders’ immediately following the 'Blazers Postgame Show.'
Or if you can’t get to a TV, stream the game on our website or by downloading the MyTeams app!
*This article will be updated throughout the day.*