The NBA regular season is in its final week and most playoff positions have been locked up already. With the last matches underway, there is one spot in the bottom of the Western Conference. Four teams are competing for the eighth seed and the opportunity to encounter the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the Conference playoffs. All four teams technically have a chance, but their opportunities are changing fast.
As of Sunday, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings have officially lost the playoff position after the Blazers’ win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Although the Pelicans was one of the favorites (among with the Grizzlies) to get the last spot, Alvin Gentry’s team had a disappointing trip to the Orlando Bubble. However, the future is bright for the Pelicans.
After a loss against the Toronto Raptors, the Memphis Grizzlies still remains number 8 in the West. They are still learning how to be a playoff team and this may be late for them. So, they need your support right now! If you’re a Grizzlies fan, do not afraid to show your loyalty!
The Phoenix Suns was in the 13th place before Orlando. They managed to win their all seven games in the Bubble, including the latest triumph over 76ers on Tuesday. The Suns are the only 7-0 team in the league now, still they may have trouble gaining the final seed with so many teams in front of them.
The Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs are also competing in the Bubble. While the Blazers had impressive wins over the Grizzlies and the Rockets, the Spurs killed the Western Conference playoff dreams of the Pelicans and the Kings. However, the Blazers are just half a game behind the Grizzlies with two games remaining. Following a huge win over 76ers, the Blazers reached the play-in round at the NBA restart. They know they can’t rest in controlling this race.
What are the chances of those teams in the following days? The race for the 8-seed will surely keep us entertained in the last matches. Beale Street Bears! Spurs fans! Rip City! Suns fans! Whichever your favorite team may be, show your support now!