NBA schedule: Race for eighth-seed fixtures, TV times and where to get live streaming
Four teams remain in the hunt to play against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Watch the matches live in India.
The final two days of the 2019-20 NBA regular season are just around the corner and four teams in the Western Conference - the Portland Trailblazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs - are still in the hunt for a spot in the NBA Playoffs.
Of the four teams, none can build a four-game lead over the other, and hence by rule, the eighth-seed will be decided by a play-in on Saturday between the two teams that finish the regular season in the eighth and ninth spot in the NBA standings.
If the eighth-seed wins the first game on Saturday, they will enter the NBA Playoffs. However, if they lose, there will be another match between the two teams on Sunday and the winner will take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
After their thrilling 134-131 win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Portland Trailblazers rose to the eighth spot in the Western Conference standings and will play the Brooklyn Nets in their final regular-season game on Friday. You can watch live streaming of Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets in India.
Damian Lillard, who scored 61 against the Mavericks and became just the second man after Wilt Chamberlain to score 60 points in a game three times in a season, will yet again be the key to the Trailblazers’ fortunes.
The Nets have been terrific in the Orlando bubble, having won five of their six matches and will be keen on winning their final two regular-season games and finish the campaign with a record of over .500.
Memphis Grizzlies, who have lost their last two games, face Eastern Conference leaders Milwaukee Bucks in their final regular-season game and need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Bucks will likely rest all their starters, which will only help Ja Morant and the Grizzlies’ cause.
The league’s most in-form team, the Phoenix Suns will take on the Mavericks on Friday. Currently the 10th-seed in the Western Conference, the Suns are undefeated in the bubble and have won seven on the bounce. A victory over the Mavericks coupled with a Grizzlies’ loss will see the Suns earn a play-in spot for the playoffs.
The San Antonio Spurs, who have qualified for the NBA Playoffs for 22 years straight, face a steep task if they are to extend that run. The five-time NBA champions will take on the Utah Jazz and only a win will see them keep their hopes alive.
NBA fixtures, live broadcast schedule and times in India
Memphis Grizzlies vs Milwaukee Bucks, 1:30 am IST
Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns, 1:30 am IST
San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz, 4:00 am. IST
Portland Trail Blazers vs Brooklyn Nets, 6:30 am IST
New Orleans Pelicans vs Orlando Magic, 6:30 am IST
Denver Nuggets vs Toronto Raptors, 11:00 pm IST
Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers, 1:30 am IST
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Clippers, 4:00 am IST
Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets, 6:30 am IST
Where to watch the NBA live in India
The final two days of the NBA regular season will be broadcast live on the Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD TV channels. Live streaming of the NBA in India will be available on SonyLIV.