The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Phoenix Suns tonight. The outcome has implications for the Portland Trail Blazers. The slate of potential first-round opponents has been narrowed by 1. The Clippers are guaranteed the 2nd or 3rd positions in the conference, can no longer finish 5th, and thus will not face the Blazers in the first round.
Here's the list of remaining possibilities for the Blazers based on tomorrow night's games, which include:
Blazers Play Rockets if:
Rockets win, Spurs win, Grizzlies win
Rockets win, Spurs win, Grizzlies lose
Rockets lose, Spurs win, Grizzlies lose
Rockets lose, Spurs lose, Grizzlies lose
Blazers Play Grizzlies if:
Rockets win, Spurs lose, Grizzlies win
Rockets lose, Spurs win, Grizzlies win
Rockets lose, Spurs lose, Grizzlies Win
Blazers Play Spurs if:
Rockets win, Spurs lose, Grizzlies lose
The game to watch here is Spurs-Pelicans. If the Spurs win, the Blazers will probably draw the Rockets. Only one scenario leads to a different opponent (Grizzlies if Memphis wins and Houston loses.) But if the Spurs lose, anything is possible. All three of the playoff opponents would be on the table.
If you want the Blazers to play the Rockets then root for the Spurs, but if you prefer anybody else then root for the Pelicans.
Here's a chart for your reference.
Remember the Blazers will not earn homecourt advantage no matter who they face.
Thanks to erastus25, Timmay, and goldnerpdx for the info.