After finishing the weekend, 1-1 following Sunday’s 124-121 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Trail Blazers still have their eyes set on moving up to the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standings.
The No. 8 seed is still a real possibility for the Trail Blazers. The Blazers will move up if Portland wins its final two seeding games and Memphis losses one.
Here’s how the seeding shakes out heading into Tuesday’s slate of games:
8. Memphis Grizzlies, Remaining Schedule: Boston, Milwaukee
9. Portland Trail Blazers (0.5 games behind), Remaining schedule: Dallas, Brooklyn
Heading into the bubble, ESPN's BPI pegged Portland with only a 9% chance of getting the eighth seed in the Western Conference. That chance has more than tripled to 30.3% heading into Portland’s matchup against Dallas.
As for the Mavericks, they will be playing on a second leg of a back-to-back when the Mavs face the Blazers Tuesday afternoon.
You can catch Tuesday’s Blazers-Mavs contest on NBC Sports Northwest, the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers with tip-off set for 3:30pm. Our coverage starts at 1pm with ‘Blazers Game Day’ followed by ‘Blazers Warm-up’ at 2:30p.m. and ‘Blazers Pregame’ at 3:00pm.
Plus, to wrap up your Blazers Game Day, check out ‘Blazers Outsiders’ immediately following the 'Blazers Postgame Show.'
Portland’s Remaining Seeding Games:
- Tuesday, Aug. 11 vs. Dallas Mavericks
- Thursday, Aug. 13 vs. Brooklyn Nets
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Hassan Whiteside (left hip strain) is probable for Tuesday’s game vs. Dallas.
For the Mavericks, Dorian Finney-Smith (left hip; strain) and Maxi Kleber (right knee; contusion) are probable; Courtney Lee (left calf; injury) Dwight Powell (right Achilles; surgery) and Seth Curry (right leg soreness) are out.
Quote of the Week:
For future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony, that ‘rush’ of feeling needed by a team late in games is 'absolutely' still a feeling that comes over the 36-year-old.
Absolutely. That doesn’t go anywhere, when you put the work in and you believe that you should be out there at those moments and your comfortable in those moments, those are just normal moments for myself, being comfortable in those situations and those moments down the stretch, being able to have your teammates rely on you to make plays, they expect that... They expect me to make the plays that I make, make the shots that I make, and they have the confidence in me to do those things. -- Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony
Top Game Notes:
- All-Time: Trail Blazers lead, 85-75
- Tuesday's game will be the fourth and final matchup between the Trail Blazers and the Mavericks during the 2019-20 season. Dallas leads the season series, 2-1.
- Last Meeting: The Mavericks defeated the Trail Blazers at Moda Center on Jan. 23, 133-125. Dallas had seven players score in double figures, led by Luka Doncic who finished with 27 points (11-25 FG, 2-11 3-PT, 3-6 FT), six rebounds, nine assists and two steals. Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 47 points (16-28 FG, 8-15 3-PT, 7-7 FT), six rebounds, eight assists and one steal. CJ McCollum missed the contest with a left ankle sprain.
- Damian Lillard has scored at least 25 points in 16 of his last 17 games against the Mav- ericks. In that span, he has averaged 30.5 points and 7.0 assists while shooting a combined 65-of-155 (41.9%) from the three-point line. Lillard is averaging 36.3 points per game against Dallas this season.
- Gary Trent Jr. scored 20 points (7-10 FG, 6-7 3-PT) to go with two rebounds and one assist in 31 minutes off the bench against Dallas on Jan. 23.