The Los Angeles Lakers drew the red-hot Portland Trailblazers as their first-round playoff opponent Saturday, thanks to Portland’s 126-122 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Play-In.

The best-of-seven series will begin Tuesday at 6 p.m. PDT, in a game that will be televised on TNT. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday night.

The entire NBA postseason will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Portland was 6-2 in the seeding games heading into Saturday’s game. The Grizzlies had a 3-1/2 game lead in the race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference entering the season restart, then went 2-6 in the seeding games, finishing a half-game behind the 35-39 Trail Blazers in the race for eighth.

As part of the plan to restart the season, the NBA decided that if the team with a conference’s eighth-best winning percentage was four or fewer games ahead of the team with the ninth-best winning percentage, the teams would play a play-in tournament to decide the eighth seed in the conference.

“Without a full 82-game season, we wanted to create an opportunity for the ninth seed to have an opportunity as long as it was within four games,” Tim Frank, the NBA’s senior vice president, league operations communications, told City News Service.

Portland guard Damian Lillard — who averaged 37.6 points and 9.6 assists in the seeding games, including 61- and 51-point performances as well as a 45-point, 12-assist game — led the way again Saturday, with 31 points and 10 assists.

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