NBA: Blazers, Grizzlies dispute last playoff seat, right to play top seed Lakers


Posted at Aug 15 2020 11:31 PM | Updated as of Aug 16 2020 06:10 AM

Postseason hopefuls the Memphis Grizzlies and the Portland Trail Blazers figure in the NBA's first play-in Saturday (US time) for the chance to clinch the final playoff berth.

The Grizzlies (34-39), ranked ninth, will need to beat the No. 8 Blazers (35-39) twice to advance to the first round of the playoffs.

Portland, meanwhile, only needs to win once.

Their next opponent? LeBron James and the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers.

Both Memphis and Portland are coming off crucial victories.

Jonas Valanciunas and Ja Morant dished out a triple-double each for the Grizzlies in their 119-106 victory over Milwaukee.

The Damian Lillard-led Portland, meanwhile, edged Brooklyn 134-133.

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