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NBA remaining schedules: Lakers have third-toughest slate; Pelicans face easiest path with No. 8 seed in sight

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When the 2019-20 NBA season resumes on July 31 in Orlando, each of the 22 teams invited will play eight “seeding” games that will constitute the conclusion of the regular season. After those eight games, the 1-7 seeds in each conference will be locked into place, while the No. 9 seed in each conference will have a shot at a play-in series if it is within four games of the No. 8 seed. 

So these initial eight games will determine a lot in Orlando. No, home-court advantage won’t be at stake as it usually would, but as always, first-round matchups and sides of the bracket matter immensely, and in particular the race for the West’s final spot is set up for a photo finish. As it stands, the Grizzlies hold a three-game lead in the loss column over the Pelicans, Kings, Spurs and Suns, and a four-game lead over the Blazers. 

That means each of those five teams is within the four-game frame that would afford a play-in series vs. Memphis, but only one of them can get that shot. The Pelicans, who have the easiest remaining schedule of all 22 teams in Orlando based on opponent winning percentage, might just catch the Grizzlies, who have the sixth-toughest remaining schedule, before that.

With that in mind, here are the closing eight-game schedules for each team, beginning with the Western Conference in order of the current standings. 

Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angles Clippers

  • July 30: Lakers
  • August 1: Pelicans
  • August 4: Suns
  • August 6: Mavericks
  • August 8: Blazers
  • August 9: Nets
  • August 12: Nuggets
  • August 14: Thunder

Denver Nuggets

  • August 1: Heat
  • August 3: Thunder
  • August 5: Spurs
  • August 6: Blazers
  • August 8: Jazz
  • August 10: Lakers
  • August: 12: Clippers 
  • August 14: Raptors

Utah Jazz

  • July 30: Pelicans
  • August 1: Thunder
  • August 3: Lakers
  • August 5: Grizzlies
  • August 7: Spurs
  • August 8: Nuggets
  • August 10: Mavericks
  • August 13: Spurs

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • August 1: Jazz
  • August 3: Nuggets
  • August 5: Lakers 
  • August 7: Grizzlies
  • August 9: Wizards
  • August 10: Suns
  • August 12: Heat
  • August 14: Clippers

Houston Rockets

  • July 31: Mavericks
  • August 2: Bucks
  • August 4: Trail Blazers
  • August 6: Lakers
  • August 9: Kings
  • August 11: Spurs
  • August 12: Pacers
  • August 14: 76ers

Dallas Mavericks

  • July 31: Rockets
  • Aug. 2: Suns
  • Aug. 4: Kings
  • Aug. 6: Clippers
  • Aug. 8: Bucks
  • Aug. 10: Jazz
  • Aug. 11: Blazers
  • Aug. 13: Suns

Memphis Grizzlies

  • July 31: Blazers
  • August 2: Spurs
  • August 3: Pelicans
  • August 5: Jazz
  • August 7: Thunder
  • August 9: Raptors
  • August 11: Celtics
  • August 13: Bucks

Portland Trail Blazers

  • July 31: Grizzles
  • August 2: Celtics
  • August 4: Rockets
  • August 6: Nuggets
  • Augus 8: Clippers
  • August 9: 76ers
  • August 11: Mavericks
  • August 13: Nets

New Orleans Pelicans

  • July 30: Jazz
  • August 2: Clippers
  • August 3: Grizzlies
  • August 6: Kings
  • August 7: Wizards
  • August 9: Spurs
  • August 11: Kings
  • August 13: Magic

Sacramento Kings

  • July 31: Spurs
  • August 2: Magic
  • August 4: Mavericks
  • August 6: Pelicans 
  • August 7: Nets 
  • August 9: Rockets 
  • August 11: Pelicans 
  • August 13: Lakers

San Antonio Spurs

  • July 31: Kings
  • August 2: Grizzlies
  • August 3: Sixers
  • August 5: Nuggets
  • August 7: Jazz
  • August 9: Pelicans
  • August 11: Rockets
  • August 13: Jazz

Phoenix Suns

  • July 31: Wizards 
  • August 2: Mavericks 
  • August 4: Clippers
  • August 6: Pacers
  • August 8: Heat
  • August 10: Thunder
  • August 11: 76ers
  • August 13: Mavericks

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Milwaukee Bucks

  • July 31: Celtics
  • August 2: Rockets
  • August 4: Nets
  • August 6: Heat
  • August 8: Mavericks
  • August 10: Raptors
  • August 11: Wizards
  • August 13: Grizzlies

Toronto Raptors

  • August 1: Lakers
  • August 3: Heat
  • August 5: Magic 
  • August 7: Celtics
  • August 9: Grizzlies
  • August 10: Bucks
  • August 12: 76ers
  • August 14: Nuggets

Boston Celtics

  • July 31: Bucks
  • August 2: Blazers
  • August 4: Heat
  • August 5: Nets
  • August 7: Raptors
  • August 9: Magic
  • August 11: Grizzlies
  • August 13: Wizards

Miami Heat

  • August 1: Nuggets
  • August 3: Raptors
  • August 4: Celtics 
  • August 6: Bucks 
  • August 8: Suns
  • August 10: Pacers
  • August 12: Thunder 
  • August 14: Pacers

Indiana Pacers

  • August 1: 76ers 
  • August 3: Wizards
  • August 4: Magic
  • August 6: Suns
  • August 8: Lakers
  • August 10: Heat
  • August 12: Rockets
  • August 14: Heat

Philadelphia 76ers

  • August 1: Pacers
  • August 3: Spurs
  • August 5: Wizards
  • August 7: Magic
  • August 9: Trail Blazers
  • August 11: Suns
  • August 12: Raptors
  • August 14: Rockets

Brooklyn Nets

  • July 31: Magic
  • August 2: Wizards
  • August 4: Bucks
  • August 5: Celtics
  • August 7: Kings
  • August 9: Clippers
  • August 11: Magic
  • August 13: Trail Blazers

Orlando Magic

  • July 31: Nets
  • August 2: Kings
  • August 4: Pacers
  • August 5: Raptors
  • August 7: 76ers 
  • August 9: Celtics 
  • August 11: Nets 
  • August 13: Pelicans

Washington Wizards

  • July 31: Suns
  • August 2: Nets
  • August 3:  Pacers
  • August 5: 76ers
  • August 7: Pelicans
  • August 9: Thunder
  • August 11: Bucks
  • August 13: Celtics
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