NBA Playoffs and/or Lottery seeding roundup -- While you were sleeping February 24th, 2014

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

All of the good, bad, and meh things that happened in the races we care about.

So now that we're tracking both the playoffs (the usual) and the lotto (the new) we have an expanded "While you were sleeping" schedule to track. Here was all the action from last night:

Record Games Lottery Situation Recent Events
Team W L % Ahead Left Conf. Seed Lotto? Owns Pick? Last night Tonight
1 Milwaukee Bucks 11 45 19.6% 0.0 26 East 15 Yes Yes @ PHI W
2 Philadelphia 76ers 15 42 26.3% 3.5 25 East 14 Yes Yes vs MIL L
3 Orlando Magic 17 41 29.3% 5.0 24 East 13 Yes Yes @ WAS
4 Boston Celtics 19 39 32.8% 7.0 24 East 12 Yes Yes @ UTA L
5 Los Angeles Lakers 19 37 33.9% 8.0 26 West 15 Yes Yes @ IND
6 Sacramento Kings 20 36 35.7% 9.0 26 West 14 Yes Yes vs HOU
7 Utah Jazz 20 36 35.7% 9.0 26 West 13 Yes Yes vs BOS W
8 New York Knicks 21 36 36.8% 9.5 25 East 11 Yes DEN ** vs DAL L
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 22 36 37.9% 10.0 24 East 10 Yes Yes vs TOR
10 Detroit Pistons 23 33 41.1% 12.0 26 East 9 Yes Yes
11 New Orleans Pelicans 25 30 45.5% 14.5 27 West 12 Yes Yes vs LAC L
12 Denver Nuggets 23 33 41.1% 12.0 26 West 11 Yes Yes vs POR
13 Atlanta Hawks 26 29 47.3% 15.5 27 East 8 Yes vs CHI
14 Charlotte Bobcats 27 30 47.4% 15.5 25 East 7 Yes
15 Brooklyn Nets 26 28 48.1% 16.0 28 East 6 ATL *
16 Minnesota Timberwolves 27 29 48.2% 16.0 26 West 10 Yes Yes @ PHX
17 Memphis Grizzlies 31 24 56.4% 20.5 27 West 9 Yes Yes
18 Phoenix Suns 33 22 60.0% 22.5 27 West 8 Yes vs MIN
19 Dallas Mavericks 35 23 60.3% 23.0 24 West 7 Yes @ NYK W
20 Golden State Warriors 35 22 61.4% 23.5 25 West 6 UTA *** @ DET W
* - ATL has right to swap picks with BKN
** - DEN owns NYK pick
*** -- UTA owns GSW pick

The Good:

  • Nope, nothing really good happened last night.

The Bad:

  • The Jazz beat the Celtics, moving them down one, and us up one . . . when combined with . . .
  • The Knicks losing to the Mavericks, brings them only 0.5 a game from us. If we win again and they lose again the Jazz then go to the #8 seed in the lotto. Smart move.
  • The Warriors beat the Pistons, and they are now the 6th seed in the West.

The "Meh":

  • The Pelicans lost to the Clippers
  • The Bucks beat the 76ers who super tanked. We're not catching either of those clubs anyway.

Tonight's Action:

There are seven games being played tonight, and only a few of them matter for us.

  • Raptors @ Cavaliers: The Cavs are 1.0 games behind us here, if they keep losing we could go down to the #9 or #10 seed in no time
  • Lakers @ Pacers: Lakers are the worst team in the West right now, and will hold onto that.
  • Magic @ Wizards: Orlando is another member of the 40 loss club, while being only a teen in the win column.
  • Bulls @ Hawks: This really doesn't matter to us.
  • Trail Blazers @ Nuggets: Or this, but hey, Nuggets only 3.0 games back.
  • Timberwolves @ Suns: Suns play a back to back hosting the Wolves then playing in our gym. This game is very interesting as they face us next.
  • Rockets @ Kings: Kings are pretty much the only West team we can catch. I expect them to lose again.

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