Blazers, Suns, Grizzlies or Spurs? This is how the western teams make it into the playoffs

The playoff race in the west just got more complicated overnight. The Portland Trail Blazers now have the best starting position, but nothing has been decided yet. SPOX has the overview!

With the victory of the Trail Blazers over Dallas, in which Damian Lillard once again conjured up an uncanny 61 points, they moved up to eighth place in the west, which would give them a better starting position in the play-in tournament. However, the Suns are still undefeated and lurking. And the Grizzlies and Spurs can still hope.

Given the current situation in the table, it is already clear that there will be a play-in tournament. As a reminder, the ninth placed would have to win either twice or the eighth placed once. The first game will take place on Saturday evening at 8.30 p.m., the possible second leg would then be on Sunday at 10.30 p.m. The team that prevails wins eighth place and a first round duel against the Los Angeles Lakers. The play-in tournament will be in full length at DAZN be visible.

But who is facing each other in the play-in tournament? Here are the scenarios:

8th place: Portland Trail Blazers (34-39)

Portland takes eighth place if …

  • … they get another win OR lose Memphis, Phoenix and San Antonio

Portland takes ninth place if …

  • … Phoenix, San Antonio and Memphis lose together twice


  • Brooklyn Nets vs. Portland Trail Blazers (Fri., 3 p.m. on DAZN)

9th place: Memphis Grizzlies (33-39)

Memphis takes eighth place if …

  • … they get another win and Portland loses

Memphis takes ninth place if …

  • … they get another win OR Phoenix and San Antonio lose


  • Memphis Grizzlies Vs. Milwaukee Bucks (Thurs., 10 p.m.) DAZN)

10th place: Phoenix Suns (33-39)

Phoenix takes eighth place if …

  • … they get another win AND lose Portland AND Memphis

Phoenix takes ninth place if …

  • … they get another win AND Portland OR Memphis loses


  • Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks (Thurs., 10 p.m. on DAZN)

11th place: San Antonio Spurs (32-38)

San Antonio takes eighth place if …

  • … they get another win AND lose Portland AND Memphis AND Phoenix

San Antonio takes ninth place if …

  • … they get another win AND Portland, Memphis and Phoenix together get two more losses


  • Utah Jazz Vs. San Antonio Spurs (Fr., 0.30 p.m.)

The Pelicans and the Kings have already been eliminated.

NBA: The table in the Western Conference

Rang Team Balance sheet
1 Los angeles lakers 52-18
2 L.A. Clippers 47-23
3 Denver Nuggets 46-25
4 Houston Rockets 44-26
5 OKC Thunder 43-27
6 Utah Jazz 43-28
7 Dallas Mavericks 43-31
8 Portland Trail Blazers 34-39
9 Memphis Grizzlies 33-39
10 Phoenix Suns 33-39
11 San antonio spurs 32-38
12 New Orleans Pelicans – x 30-41
13 Sacramento Kings – x 30-41
14 Minnesota Timberwolves – x 19-45
15 Golden State Warriors – x 15-50

bold = rank safe, x = no playoff participation

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