NBA Playoffs and/or Lottery seeding roundup -- While you were sleeping February 26th, 2014

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

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

N.B. Sorry this is late. Instead of getting into fights with people I decided to look at the comments and add more of the information that you loyal SLC Dunk readers wanted in this. As a result I had to look at more data, and update my form. Anyway, we're good now.

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 Last 10 Remaining Standings Game Result
Team W L % GB W L % Gm v20 v10 Seed Lotto Last Next
1 Milwaukee Bucks 11 45 20% 0.0 3 7 30% 26 15 8 East 15 1 @ IND
2 Philadelphia 76ers 15 43 26% 3.0 0 10 0% 24 14 8 East 14 2 vs ORL L
3 Orlando Magic 18 42 30% 5.0 5 5 50% 22 13 5 East 13 3 @ PHI W
4 Los Angeles Lakers 19 39 33% 7.0 3 7 30% 24 13 6 West 15 4 @ MEM L
5 Boston Celtics 20 39 34% 7.5 4 6 40% 23 14 6 East 12 5 vs ATL W
6 Sacramento Kings 20 37 35% 8.5 5 5 50% 25 17 7 West 14 6
7 Utah Jazz 21 36 37% 9.5 5 5 50% 25 18 8 West 13 7 vs PHX W
8 New York Knicks 21 36 37% 9.5 2 8 20% 25 17 11 East 11 8 3* @ MIA
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 23 36 39% 10.5 7 3 70% 23 16 8 East 10 9 @ OKC W
10 Detroit Pistons 23 35 40% 11.0 4 6 40% 24 14 9 East 9 10 @ SAS L
11 New Orleans Pelicans 23 34 40% 11.5 3 7 30% 25 14 7 West 12 11 @ DAL L
12 Denver Nuggets 25 31 45% 14.0 2 8 20% 26 16 4 West 11 12 4* vs BKN
13 Atlanta Hawks 26 31 46% 14.5 1 9 10% 25 16 7 East 8 @ BOS L
14 Brooklyn Nets 26 29 47% 15.5 6 4 60% 27 21 12 East 7 1* @ POR L @ DEN
15 Charlotte Bobcats 27 30 47% 15.5 7 3 70% 25 16 8 East 6
16 Minnesota Timberwolves 28 29 49% 16.5 5 5 50% 25 18 9 West 10 13
17 Memphis Grizzlies 32 24 57% 21.0 6 4 60% 26 16 6 West 9 14 vs LAL W
18 Phoenix Suns 33 24 58% 21.5 4 6 40% 25 16 7 West 8 @ UTA L
19 Golden State Warriors 35 23 60% 23.0 6 4 60% 24 17 9 West 7 2* @ CHI L
20 Dallas Mavericks 36 23 61% 23.5 8 2 80% 23 15 6 West 6 vs NOP W
1* - ATL has right to swap picks with BKN
2* - UTA owns GSW pick
3* - DEN owns NYK pick
4* - DEN owes ORL their lower of their two 1st round picks

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  • The Celtics defeated the Hawks, which is good because they are ahead of us, but I don't think we can really catch them. Still. Only 2.0 games right now.
  • The Cavaliers defeated the Thunder, which was not expected. They remain only 1.0 back of us, and I appreciate them getting the upset.
  • The Mavericks defeated the Pelicans, which is good for us because we pretty much want the Mavs to win out. They are now ahead of the Warriors and hold the 6th seed in the West.
  • The Grizzlies defeated the Lakers, which is good for us because we also pretty much want the Grizz to win out. They are now behind the Warriors by 2.0 games. With Phoenix in a tailspin we need another team to hopefully bump the Warriors out. And honestly, we're not going to catch the Lakers.
  • The Warriors lost to the Bulls. Woo! And they got blown out too. So, that could be good or bad. They are the 7th in the West, and only maybe the Wolves, Grizz, or Suns can catch them. Every loss is a blessing.

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  • The Jazz won, which is bad enough, but the Jazz defeated the Suns doing it. Like I just said above, only the Suns and two other teams can catch the Warriors. So this was a double-burn.

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  • The Pistons lost to the Spurs
  • The Magic beat the 76ers -- who are in "Eterna-tank" mode right now
  • The Nets got genocided by the Trail Blazers. A 44 point lose is bad.

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Tonight's Action:

There are only four game total tonight. None of them really matter that much.

  • The Wizards and the Raptors tip off -- both of those teams are Top 5, and in the playoffs.
  • The Bucks face the Pacers -- and we expect them to lose.
  • The Knicks face the Heat -- and this is just sad.
  • And last, and most boring, we have the Nets visiting the Nuggets.
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