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Who will bubble up to the playoffs?

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

A few months ago, I came across my notes predicting the Grizzlies games for March, ripped them from my notepad and threw them in the trash. The season as we knew it was over.

But that was March, and this is July. While the Coronavirus has taken no hiatus, the NBA has found conditions conducive to a restart, so there are games to predict again!

Who has gotten in better shape? Who ate his weight in Taco Bell? Whose conditioning motivation was fueled by highlights from The Last Dance? Time will tell. In the meantime, let’s figure out how the fates of the Grizzlies and their most immediate threats will shake out in the next 8 games.

Memphis Grizzlies #8 (32- 33)

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ Portland 3:00 PM Win (33-33)

Sunday, August 2, 2020 vs. San Antonio 3:00 PM Win (34-33)

Monday, August 3,2020 @New Orleans 5:30 PM Win (35-33)

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 @ Utah 1:30 PM Loss (35-34)

Friday, August 7, 2020 vs. OKC 3:00 PM Win (36-34)

Sunday, August 9, 2020 @ Toronto 1:00 PM Loss (36-35)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 vs. Boston 5:30 PM Loss (36-36)

Thursday, August 13, 2020 vs. Milwaukee TBD Loss (36-37)

Result: Ranking # 8

Portland Trailblazers #9 (29-37)

Friday, July 31, 2020 vs. Memphis 3:00 PM Loss (29-38)

Sunday, August 2, 2020 @ Boston 2:30 PM Loss. (29-39)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 vs. Houston 8:00 PM Loss (29-40)

Thursday, August 6, 2020 @ Denver 7:00 PM Loss (29-41)

Saturday, August 8, 2020 vs. Los Angeles C 12:00 PM Loss. (29-42)

Sunday, August 9, 2020 vs. Philadelphia 5:30 PM Loss (29–43)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ Dallas 4:00 PM Win (30–43)

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ Brooklyn TBD Win (31-43)

Result: Ranking #11

New Orleans Pelicans #10 (28-36)

Thursday, July 30, 2020 vs. Utah 7:00 PM Loss (28-37)

Saturday August 1, 2020 @ Los Angeles C 5:00 PM Loss (28-38)

Monday August 3, 2020 vs. Memphis 5:30 PM Loss (28-39)

Thursday August 6, 2020 @ Sacramento 12:30PM Win (29-39)

Friday, August 7, 2020 vs. Washington 7:00 PM Win (30-39)

Sunday, August 9, 2020 vs. San Antonio 2:00 PM Win (31-39)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ Sacramento 8:00 PM Loss (31-40)

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ Orlando TBD Win (32-40)

Result: Ranking #9/10

Sacramento Kings #10 (28-36)

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ San Antonio 7:00 PM Loss (28-37)

Sunday, August 2, 2020 @ Orlando 5:00 PM Win (29-37)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 vs. Dallas 1:30 PM Win (30-37)

Thursday, August 6, 2020 vs. New Orleans 12:30 PM Loss (30–38)

Friday, August 7, 2020 @ Brooklyn 4:00 PM Win (31-38)

Sunday, August 9, 2020 vs. Houston 7:00 PM Loss (31-39)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 vs. New Orleans 8:00 PM Win (32-39)

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ Los Angeles L TBD Loss (32-40)

Result: Ranking #9/10

As always, I reserve the right to be wrong. I showed no mercy to Portland, and they could certainly make me look foolish. Zion and his new physique could run the show. Maybe there’s a sleeper in Sacramento, but my money — both literally and figuratively — is on the Grizzlies to make the playoffs.