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Grizzlies loss guarantees play-in game for final Western Conference playoff spot
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  • Eric WoodyardESPN

Postseason seeding is still being sorted out inside the NBA bubble, with restart games left on the schedule, but one thing is now for sure.

The league will officially have an 8-9 play-in game to determine the final Western Conference playoff spot after the Memphis Grizzlies fell Sunday to the defending champion Toronto Raptors 108-99.

Toronto won its 50th game for the fifth straight season, while Memphis guaranteed the battle of the eighth and ninth seeds in the west.

Memphis has a 62% chance to get the No. 8 seed in Western Conference, according to ESPN’s BPI Playoff Odds.

“I’m not worried about no play-in game right now,” rookie guard Ja Morant said after finishing with 17 points and 10 assists versus Toronto. “Our focus now is learning from our mistakes from this game against the Raptors and try to fix them when we go out and play Boston.”

The Western Conference play-in game is set for Aug. 15 (2:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

If the 8-seed wins Saturday’s game, that team will advance to the playoffs. However, if the 9-seed wins, a second contest will be played Aug. 16 (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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