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How Saturday's results impact the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference

With just over a month remaining in the 2019-20 NBA season, we've officially entered the stretch run as a number of teams make their final playoff push.

As it stands, the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans are fighting for the West's No. 8 seed and a likely opening-round meeting with Anthony Davis, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

At this point of the season, every win and loss matters for the teams fighting for eighth.

Three of the above five were in action Saturday, with New Orleans and San Antonio as the two idle teams.

Here's how each of the three fared.

Saturday's Schedule/Results

  • Memphis Grizzlies def. Atlanta Hawks, 118-101
  • Sacramento Kings def. Portland Trail Blazers, 123-111

Western Conference Standings

Take a look at the impact the above results had on the Western Conference standings:

The Race For No. 8
Team W L PCT GB
8 Memphis Grizzlies 32 32 .500 -
9 Sacramento Kings 28 35 .444 3.5
10 Portland Trail Blazers 28 37 .431 4.5
11 New Orleans Pelicans 27 36 .429 4.5
12 San Antonio Spurs 26 35 .426 4.5

Playoff Probability

According to FiveThirtyEight's NBA Predictions model.

New Orleans Pelicans - 56%

Portland Trail Blazers - 11%

Memphis Grizzlies - 19%

Sacramento Kings - 12%

San Antonio Spurs - 2%

Notable Remaining Meetings

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Mar. 12 @ Portland Trail Blazers
  • Mar. 16 @ San Antonio Spurs
  • Mar. 21 vs. New Orleans Pelicans
  • Mar. 24 @ New Orleans Pelicans
  • Apr. 5 @ Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Mar. 10 vs. Phoenix Suns
  • Mar. 12 vs. Memphis Grizzlies
  • Apr. 5 vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Sacramento Kings

  • Mar. 22 @ New Orleans Pelicans
  • Mar. 31 vs. San Antonio Spurs
  • Apr. 7 @ San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs

  • Mar. 16 vs. Memphis Grizzlies
  • Mar. 18 @ New Orleans Pelicans
  • Mar. 31 @ Sacramento Kings
  • Apr. 7 vs. Sacramento Kings

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Mar. 11 @ Sacramento Kings
  • Mar. 18 vs. San Antonio Spurs
  • Mar. 21 @ Memphis Grizzlies
  • Mar. 22 vs. Sacramento Kings
  • Mar. 24 vs. Memphis Grizzlies
  • Apr. 5 @ San Antonio Spurs
  • Apr. 9 vs. Phoenix Suns
  • Apr. 15 @ San Antonio Spurs

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