|Memphis Grizzlies||Toronto Raptors|
P.J. Hairston (groin) - out
Brandan Wright (knee) - out
Mike Conley (foot) - out
Marc Gasol (foot) - out
Jordan Adams (knee) - out
DeMarre Carroll (knee) - out
Ronald Roberts (knee) - out
Dave Joerger: "We want to get 5th. And we want to play the Clippers."— John Martin (@JohnMartin929) March 31, 2016
The rest of the way
The race for the playoffs in the Western Conference is heating up. The teams currently positioned between the sixth and the ninth are within three games. Memphis is 1.5 games ahead of Portland and 4,5 games ahead of Houston, the current ninth. The games left will determine the final playoff spots.
WESTERN CONF PLAYOFF UPDATE— David Locke (@Lockedonsports) March 31, 2016
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5. Portland 44 wins
6. Utah 42 (win tiebreaker)
7. Houston 42
8. Memphis 42
Memphis (41-34): vs Toronto, at Orlando, vs Chicago, at Dallas, vs Golden State, at Clippers, at Golden State. The schedule seems unfavourable and a descend in the standings is more than plausible with the current downward spiral. Toronto is fighting for positioning, Chicago and Dallas for the playoffs. It is hard to predict the outcome of the last three games against the Warriors (twice) and the Clippers. The former may need at least one victory to break the record of most wins in a regular season and the latter will probably have secured the fourth spot and opt to rest players.
Portland (40-36): vs Miami, at Golden State, at Sacramento, vs Oklahoma, vs Minnesota, vs Denver. The clear favourite for the fifth spot. The season comes to an end against three non-playoff teams and Oklahoma, that may have nothing to play for with the third spot secured.
Dallas (37-38): at Detroit, at Minnesota, vs Houston, vs Memphis, at Clippers, at Utah, vs San Antonio. To many, the strongest candidate to miss the playoffs. With Chandler Parsons out, the season will come down to life and death games against Houston, Memphis and Utah.
Utah (37-38): vs Minnesota, at Phoenix, vs San Antonio, vs Clippers, at Denver, vs Dallas, at Lakers. Four games left against teams with losing records is a plus. The meeting against Dallas may be the biggest game of the season.
Houston (37-39): vs Oklahoma, at Dallas, vs Phoenix, vs Lakers, at Minnesota, at Sacramento. The next two games will be key especially the clash against Dallas. Closing the season against four lottery teams increase the hopes to make the playoffs.
What seed do you want the Grizzlies to have? pic.twitter.com/3FfP2Va4Zm— Phillip Dean (@PhillipDean1) March 31, 2016