As the Trail Blazers gear up to take on the Memphis Grizzlies on the second night of a back-to-back, Wednesday’s game will also have playoff implications for several teams around the league.
The NBA playoff picture could become clearer for the Los Angeles Clippers (43-20), Phoenix Suns (43-18) and Philadelphia 76ers (40-21) depending on the outcome of the two teams’ third meeting.
Per NBA PR, the LA Clippers will clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Phoenix Suns OR a loss by Portland. Philadelphia will also lock in a spot in the playoffs with a win over the Atlanta Hawks.
As for Phoenix, it’ll need a win Wednesday night over the Clippers and losses by Portland AND San Antonio to secure a playoff berth.
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As for the Trail Blazers and Grizzlies, Portland sits at 33-28, good for the seventh-best record in the Western Conference. Just behind them is Memphis at 31-29 in eighth seed.
The Blazers recently hosted the Grizzlies on April 23 and April 25 at Moda Center. For the third time this week, Portland will take on Memphis. This time it will all go down in Grind City.
Despite the Blazers having six players scoring in double figures, the Blazers were unable to hold off the Grizzlies on April 23, falling 130-128. When the two teams met again on April 25, CJ McCollum recorded 27 points to go along with two rebounds and two assists. Portland gained momentum in the fourth quarter, but its comeback came back short as the Blazers fell 120-113 to the Grizzlies for a second-straight game.
Memphis leads the series 2-0, but Portland is coming off a confidence-builder on Tuesday in which the Blazers got over vs. the Pacers to claim a 21-point victory in Indy.
“What we did tonight is something that can translate to any game,” Lillard said Tuesday night. “Being committed on the defensive end and just wanting to get that done and wanting to do whatever we got to do to win, I think that’s something that we can carry from this game. There’s no guarantee that it’s going to always happen. We’ve just got to have that same mentality going into this stretch of games. This is what it takes. When you do this, you give yourself a much better chance than we have over the last few weeks.”
The Blazers and Grizzlies face off for a third and final time Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. PT. Catch all the action on NBCS Northwest. Here’s how you can watch tonight’s game.