NBA: Who is going to be the 8 and 9 seeds in the West for play-ins?


August 5, 2020 1:00 PM

Today is the biggest day yet in the NBA bubble schedule, with the playoff fate of four teams set to be decided. 

The Blazers, Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs can all still make this week's play-in tournament to decide the 8-seed and the chance to face the Lakers in the first round.

We've modelled the four important games today, with predicted results and top scorers from each game.

See what these projections would mean for the 8th and 9th seeds in the West below.

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Bucks @ Grizzlies - See Matchup

Predicted top scorers: Khris Middleton 20 (MEM), Ja Morant 19 (MIL)


Mavericks @ Suns - See Matchup

Predicted top scorers: Luka Doncic 28 (DAL), Devin Booker 25 (PHO)


Spurs @ Jazz - See Matchup

Predicted top scorers: DeMar DeRozan 21 (SAS), Donovan Mitchell 25 (UTA)


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Blazers @ Nets - See Matchup

Predicted top scorers: Lillard 33 (POR), Caris LeVert 23 (BRK)


If these games play out as our data is predicting and all four teams win, it would be the Blazers and Grizzlies fighting it out for the final playoff spot.

The play-in match(es) will be played this weekend with the 9-seed needing to win two in a row, whilst the 8-seed will just need to win once.

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