Breaking down NBA playoff scenarios for the 8th Seed in the Western Conference

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During the entirety of the NBA's restart in the bubble, we at NBC Sports NW have been running a series called Eye on the Eight: a series that keeps track and breaks down the race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Play-in games are a guarantee for the eighth seed in the West since the nine seed will definitely finish within four games of the eighth seed. The eighth and ninth seeds in the West will face off on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PT. If the eighth seed wins then they will advance to the first round of the playoffs to face the Los Angeles Lakers. If the ninth seed wins on Saturday, then the two teams will have a rematch on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. PT where the winner will advance to the postseason. 

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Here are the standings updated after Portland's victory over Dallas, San Antonio's victory over Houston, Phoenix's victory over Philadelphia, and Memphis' loss to Boston on Tuesday, August 11.

8. Portland Trail Blazers Remaining schedule: Brooklyn (Win Percentage: 0.465)

9. Memphis Grizzlies Remaining Schedule: Milwaukee (Win Percentage: 0.458)

10. Phoenix Suns Remaining schedule: Dallas (Win Percentage: 0.458)

11. San Antonio Spurs Remaining schedule: Utah (Win Percentage: 0.457)

Due to the season's suspension, not all teams played the same number of games so the first tiebreaker is win percentage which favors Portland in each matchup.

Then, it will go to head-to-head record, followed by division record if in the same division, then conference record, then conference record against playoff teams, then record against playoff teams in the East, and then net rating.

Scenarios:

Portland Wins Eighth Seed:

-Portland goes 1-0

-Portland goes 0-1, Memphis goes 0-1, San Antonio goes 0-1, Phoenix goes 0-1

Portland Wins Ninth Seed:

-Portland goes 0-1, Two of Memphis, Phoenix, and San Antonio go 0-1

Portland Falls Below the Ninth Seed:

-Portland goes 0-1, two of Memphis, San Antonio and Phoenix goes 1-0

Portland Plays Memphis as the Eighth Seed:

-Portland goes 1-0, Memphis goes 1-0 

Portland Plays Memphis as the Ninth Seed:

-Portland goes 0-1, Memphis goes 1-0, Suns go 0-1,  Spurs go 0-1 

Portland Plays Phoenix as the Eighth Seed:

-Portland goes 1-0, Memphis goes 0-1, Phoenix goes 1-0

Portland Plays Phoenix as the Ninth Seed:

-Portland goes 0-1, Phoenix goes 1-0, Memphis goes 0-1, San Antonio goes 0-1

Portland Plays San Antonio as the Eighth Seed:

-Portland goes 1-0, San Antonio goes 1-0, Memphis go 0-1, Phoenix goes 0-1

Portland Plays San Antonio as the Ninth Seed:

-Portland goes 0-1, San Antonio goes 1-0, Memphis goes 0-1, Phoenix goes 0-1

Memphis plays Phoenix as the Eighth Seed:

-Memphis goes 1-0, Phoenix goes 1-0, Portland goes 0-1

Memphis plays San Antonio as the Eighth Seed:

-Memphis goes 1-0, San Antonio goes 1-0, Portland goes 0-1, and Phoenix goes 0-1

Phoenix plays San Antonio as the Eighth Seed:

-Phoenix goes 1-0, San Antonio goes 1-0, Portland goes 0-1, Memphis goes 0-1

Play-in games schedule:

Game 1: Saturday, August 15 at 11:30 a.m. PT

Game 2 (if necessary): Sunday, August 16 at 1:30 p.m. PT 

Breaking down NBA playoff scenarios for the 8th Seed in the Western Conference originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest