The Western Conference's "Play-In" Tournament will begin later this evening as the Memphis Grizzlies face the San Antonio Spurs, and the Golden State Warriors take on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Both of these games will narrow the four teams that the Utah Jazz could play in the first round, down to two.
Here's how the "Play-In" Tournament will work. In the 9 vs 10 seed game, the Memphis Grizzlies will go up against the San Antonio Spurs. The loser of this game will be eliminated from playoff contention, and the winner will go on to play the loser of the 7 vs 8 seed game which will be between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The winner of the Lakers vs Warriors game will automatically clinch their playoff bid, and take on the second seeded Phoenix Suns in round one of the Western Conference Playoffs. The loser will advance to the second game of the play-in, and take on the winner of the 9 vs 10 seed game.
The winner of the second round game of the NBA's "Play-In" tournament will advance to take on the Utah Jazz in round one of the Western Conference Playoffs.
Confused? So is everyone else. Here's a photo in an attempt to clear things up.
How to Watch Tonight's Western Conference "Play-In" Tournament:
(10) San Antonio Spurs at (9) Memphis Grizzlies:
The Memphis Grizzlies will face the San Antonio Spurs at 5:30pm MST in Memphis, Tennessee at the FedEx Forum. The game will be televised on ESPN and the Grizzlies are a four-point favorite to win this game.
(8) Golden State Warriors at (7) Los Angeles Lakers:
The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California at 8:00pm MST. This matchup will also be televised on ESPN and the Lakers are a five and a half point favorite to win this game.
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