NBA, Portland Trail Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies: Where to get live streaming in India
The potential two-match series will decide which team makes it to the NBA playoffs as the eighth-seed. Watch live streaming of Portland Trail Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies.
It went down to the penultimate game of the NBA regular season, but eventually, it was the Portland Trail Blazers and the Memphis Grizzlies who secured the eighth-seed and the ninth-seed in the Western Conference with victories on Friday.
Indian fans will now get to see the two teams facing off in a potential two-match series starting Sunday to decide which team gets the chance to take on LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Watch Portland Trail Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies on live streaming.
Down to the wire
Four teams - the Trail Blazers, Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs - started the day with hopes of pinching the eighth or ninth-seed in the Western Conference standings.
The Trail Blazers needed a win over the Brooklyn Nets to secure their place in the playoffs, irrespective of results elsewhere.
Damian Lillard, who scored 51 and 61 in his last two matches, was yet again the talisman for his side, scoring 42 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Nets 134-133 and kept their season alive.
The Grizzlies were up against Milwaukee Bucks, who were without reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo owing to a one-game suspension.
Point guard Ja Morant, who is the front-runner to win the Rookie of the Year award, and centre Jose Valančiūnas recorded triple-doubles and led the Grizzlies to a 119-106 victory and secured their team's berth in the play-in.
The Phoenix Suns, who had a perfect record in the bubble, improved to 8-0 since the restart with a 128-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. While both the Grizzlies and the Sun finished with a 34-39 record, Memphis held the tiebreaker by winning the season-series between the two sides, eliminating Devin Booker and Phoenix from the playoff race.
It was the end of an era for coach Greg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs as their 118-112 defeat at the hands of the Utah Jazz ended their campaign and also ended the Spurs' 22-season streak of qualifying for the playoffs.
The Portland Trail Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies face off for the eighth-seed in the Western Conference standings will be a potential two-match series.
Since the Trail Blazers currently occupy the eighth spot in the standings, a victory in the first match will end the series and see them qualify for the NBA playoffs.
However, if the Grizzlies beat them in the first game, the Trail Blazers will have another chance in a winner-take-all Game 2 of the NBA play-in series.
Memphis will have to win both games in order to leapfrog Portland into the eighth spot.
The winner of the series will then take on the Los Angeles Lakers on August 19 in Game 1 of the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies live schedule and timings
Portland Trail Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies Game 1: 12:00 am IST
Portland Trail Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies Game 2 (tentative): 2:00 am IST
Where to watch the NBA live in India
The NBA play-in series between the Portland Trailblazers and the Memphis Grizzlies will be broadcast live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD TV channels in India. Live streaming of the Portland Trail Blazers vs Memphis Grizzlies game will be available on SonyLiv.