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Another day in the bubble means another day for Portland to strengthen its playoff position, or lose some ground.

The Trail Blazers will take on the Denver Nuggets at 5:00 p.m. PT here on NBC Sports NW in the team's fourth game of the restart. The Nuggets will be playing on a second of a back-to-back. 

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Heading into Thursday, the standings are as follows:

Note: Portland holds the tiebreaker against all teams fighting for the eighth seed due to having played more games before the season got suspended, therefore having a higher win percentage.

UPDATE: The standings are updated as of Sacramento's 140-125 victory over New Orleans and Phoenix's 114-99 win over Indiana Thursday.

8. Memphis Grizzlies Remaining Schedule: OKC, Toronto, Boston, Milwaukee 

9. Portland Trail Blazers (1.0 game behind) Remaining schedule: Denver, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia, Dallas, Brooklyn

10. Phoenix Suns (2.0 games behind)  Remaining schedule: Miami, OKC, Philadelphia, Dallas

11. San Antonio Spurs (2.0 games behind)  Remaining schedule: Utah, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio

12. Sacramento (2.5 games behind)  Remaining schedule: Brooklyn, Houston, New Orleans, Los Angeles Lakers

13. New Orleans Pelicans (2.5 games behind)  Remaining schedule: Washington, San Antonio, Sacramento, Orlando

On Thursday, August 6, Portland will play the Denver Nuggets, who will be on the second of a back-to-back, at 5:00 p.m. PT here on NBC Sports Northwest.

A Blazers victory will give them a 1.5-game lead over San Antonio for the ninth seed and only a half-game behind Memphis for the eighth seed. 

Games to watch on August 6: 

New Orleans vs Sacramento (10:30 a.m. PT) 

UPDATE: Sacramento won 140-125. 

Who do we want to win? Sacramento. 

Line: NOP -4

While Sacramento is also competing for the eighth seed, they are a full two games behind Portland while New Orleans trails Portland by only a game. The Pelicans also have a much easier schedule than the Kings so any losses they can accumulate will benefit Portland. 

 

Phoenix vs Indiana (1:00 p.m. PT)

Who do we want to win? Indiana.

UPDATE: Pheonix won 114-99

Line: IND -3

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Phoenix has won its first three games of the restart to be just a game and a half behind Portland while the Pacers don't even play in the West. An Indiana win would help the Blazers gain some separation. 

Best Case Scenario: SAC, IND, POR all win. Portland would then be 0.5 game behind Memphis and 1.5 games ahead of San Antonio and 2.0 ahead of New Orleans.

Worst Case Scenario: NOP, PHX win, and POR losses, then POR and NOP would tied for ninth, 1.5 games behind Memphis for eighth. 

Catch Portland and Denver at 5:00 p.m. PT here on NBC Sports Northwest.

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