The winner of Sunday's game between the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies will determine the No. 8 seed. The winner gets the eighth seed while the loser drops to ninth.
The eighth seed will have to be beaten twice to not qualify for the playoffs, while the ninth seed will have to beat the tenth seed and then the loser of the seven versus eight game.
The Los Angeles Lakers are likely to end up in the No. 7 spot.
While both the Warriors and Grizzlies play on Friday, the game has no bearing on the eighth seed.