The 2021 NBA Play-In Tournament schedule has been set. Though the Portland Trail Blazers are working hard to avoid the seventh seed and next week’s tournament, should they participate, their first game will come Wednesday the 19th at a time to be determined. The Blazers would face the Golden State Warriors or Memphis Grizzlies, whomever finishes the regular season with the 8th-best record. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Following last night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns, Portland’s destiny will now be dictated by Sunday’s bout with the Denver Nuggets along with the final fortunes of the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. If the Blazers win on Sunday, if the Lakers lose either of their two final games, or if the Mavericks do not finish ahead of Portland, the Blazers will get the week off while other teams battle for the 7th and 8th seeds.
The NBA has released the dates and broadcasters showing each of the league’s six Play-In games.