The NBA’s Western Conference will need an extra game or two to determine its playoffs seeding for the summer.
The No. 8 seed in the West will be determined via a play-in game between the eighth- and ninth-seeded teams after the seeding round concludes Friday, Aug. 14.
According to the NBA’s restart rules, an eighth seed must be up more than four games on the ninth seed at the end of the seeding round in order to claim the playoff spot outright. The Memphis Grizzlies triggered the need for the series Sunday with a 108-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
The initial play-in game is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m. ET. If the eighth-seed wins, they advance to the playoffs. If the ninth-seed win, a second game will take place Sunday, Aug. 16 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
With the Western Conference play-in game scheduled for Saturday, August 15 at 2:30 PM ET on ABC, here is ALL you need to know about the format!
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Which teams will earn a spot in the all-important series, though? Only time will tell.