Playoff Picture: April 8th
By sarahhecht Posted in: playoffs
It’s make it or break it time.
The Trail Blazers host the L.A. Lakers tonight in the Rose Garden. Portland wants to hold on the the 6th seed in the Western Conference, but tonight’s games present a scenario that could see them fall to 7th.
- Portland win: Trail Blazers stay in 6th
- Portland loss AND New Orleans win: Trail Blazers fall to 7th, NOLA jumps to 6th
I’m anxious to see how the Lakers play this one. With a lock for 2nd in the West will they “mail it in?” Or go all out tonight?
Either way it’s crucial for the Trail Blazers to BEAT LA!
Last night's scores and effects:
The Portland Trail Blazers downed the Utah Jazz 98-87
in Utah. Portland reclaims the 6th seed in the Western Conference and bumps New Orleans back down to 7th.
Today’s games with Western Conference potential playoff teams:
Sacramento Kings (23-55) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (44-34)
The Grizzlies hold the 8th seed in the West. They’re one full game behind New Orleans. A win or a loss keeps Memphis in 8th. A win with a NOLA loss will tie the two in winning percentage. NOLA wins the head to head tiebreaker 2-1.
Phoenix Suns (38-40) vs. New Orleans Hornets (45-33)
New Orleans trails Portland by only half a game. With both teams playing tonight identical outcomes will keep Portland in 6th and New Orleans in 7th. A Hornets win paired with a Trail Blazers loss causes to two to flip-flop in the standings.
Denver Nuggets (48-30) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (52-26)
The Thunder sit in 4th in the West and trail Dallas by one full game. They need a win tonight to keep their hopes of claiming the 3rd seed alive. If seeding stands Denver and OKC are matched-up in the first round.
L.A. Clippers (31-48) vs. Dallas Mavericks (53-25)
The Mavs are on a four-game losing streak. This is a must-win to keep their lead over Oklahoma City and maintain the 3rd seed in the West. A loss paired with a Thunder win will tie the two in winning percentage. Dallas takes the tiebreaker 2-1.
L.A. Lakers (55-23) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (46-33)
BEAT LA! Portland needs a win to close the door on the possibility of losing the 6th seed. A loss coupled with a New Orleans win bumps the Trail Blazers to 7th and a dreaded potential matchup with the Lakers in the first round.
Here are the playoff match-ups as of today:
(Tables courtesy of NBA.com)