Kings, Pelicans officially eliminated from NBA playoff contention after Blazers win vs. Sixers
With tonight’s win by the red hot Portland Trail Blazers over the Philadelphia 76ers, both New Orleans and Sacramento now do not have a mathematical chance to make it to the top eight spot of the West or even a ninth spot to hopefully force a play-in tournament.
— theScore NBA (@theScoreNBA) August 10, 2020
Lillard had another one of his masterful games and dropped 51 points to rout the Sixers, 124-121. Dame and the rest of his squad keeps their NBA playoff hopes alive with this statement win as they continue to breathe on the necks of the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies who are just .5 games away from the Blazers with both teams having two more games remaining in their respective schedules.
Unfortunately for the Pelicans, they’ll be out of this year’s postseason after failing to impress in Orlando and winning just two out of their six games so far. They had an important win against the Grizzlies last week as Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson outdid his fellow rookie Ja Morant but other than that, New Orleans has under-performed in the NBA Bubble. This will also mark the end of JJ Reddick’s playoff streak since entering the league in 2006.
On the other hand, the Kings will be extending their league-leading NBA playoff drought to 14 after another subpar season this year. Just like the Pelicans, the Sacramento has failed to figure things out in Orlando. The Kings’ only win in the NBA Bubble was coincidentally against the Pelicans but tough losses against the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks in overtime ultimately booted them out of this year’s playoffs.