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Blazers Can Clinch a Playoff Spot Sunday Multiple Different Ways

A win versus the Grizzlies is what Portland can control, but some earlier games might help them clinch a playoff spot before the final buzzer sounds against Memphis.

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The Portland Trail Blazers are on the cusp of punching their ticket to the 2018 NBA Playoffs. With a win versus the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, Portland clinches a playoff berth. But, a loss by either the Denver Nuggets or Minnesota Timberwolves also pushes Portland into the NBA playoffs:

Schedule of Possible Playoff-Clinching Games

Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves, 4 p.m. PT
Milwaukee Bucks at Denver Nuggets, 5 p.m. PT
Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers, 6 p.m. PT

The Details

-If Minnesota or Denver loses, Portland automatically clinches a spot in the NBA playoffs.
-If Minnesota and Denver win, Portland can clinch a spot in the NBA playoffs with a win against Memphis.
-If neither of those scenarios happen, the Blazers have to wait another day to clinch a playoff spot.

Other Games to Keep Tabs on

Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs, tipped off at 12:30 p.m. PT
Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans, 3 p.m. PT

Neither of these games affects Portland clinching a playoff spot, but the Spurs (44-32, No. 4 seed), Thunder (44-33, tied for No. 5 seed with T’Wolves) and Pelicans (43-33, tied for No. 7 with Jazz) all trail the Blazers (47-29) for the No. 3 seed.