Postson seeding is still being settled inside the NBA bubble, with games resuming on schedule, but one thing is sure for now.
The league will officially have an 8-9 play-in game to determine the final Western Conference playoff spot after the Memphis Grizzlies downed the defending champions Toronto Raptors 108–99 on Sunday.
Toronto won its 50th game for the fifth straight season, while Memphis guaranteed the eighth and ninth seed battles in the West.
According to ESPN’s BPI Playoff Odds, Memphis has a 62% chance to get the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.
“I don’t have any worries in the game right now,” rookie guard Jaa Morant said after finishing with 17 points and 10 assists Toronto. “Our focus is now learning from our mistakes from this game against the Raptors and trying to fix them when we go out and play Boston.”
The Western Conference play-in game is set for August 15 (2:30 pm ET, ABC).
If the 8-seed wins Saturday’s game, that team will make it to the playoffs. However, if the 9-seed wins, a second competition will be played on August 16 (4:30 pm, ESPN).