NBA Playoffs and/or Lottery seeding roundup -- While you were sleeping February 28th, 2014

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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 Last 10 Remaining Standings Game Result
Team W L % GB W L % Gm v20 v10 Seed Lotto Last Next
1 Milwaukee Bucks 11 46 19% 0.0 3 7 30% 25 15 8 East 15 1 vs BKN
2 Philadelphia 76ers 15 43 26% 3.5 0 10 0% 24 14 8 East 14 2 vs WIZ
3 Orlando Magic 18 42 30% 5.5 5 5 50% 22 13 5 East 13 3 @ MIA
4 Los Angeles Lakers 20 39 34% 8.0 3 7 30% 23 12 5 West 15 4 vs SAC W
5 Boston Celtics 20 39 34% 8.0 4 6 40% 23 14 6 East 12 5 vs IND
6 Sacramento Kings 20 38 34% 8.5 4 6 40% 24 16 6 West 14 6 @ LAL L vs MIN
7 New York Knicks 21 38 36% 9.0 2 8 20% 23 16 11 East 11 7 3* vs GSW L
8 Utah Jazz 21 37 36% 9.5 5 5 50% 24 17 7 West 13 8 @ CLE L
9 New Orleans Pelicans 23 35 40% 11.5 2 8 20% 24 13 7 West 12 9 @ PHX L @ LAC
10 Detroit Pistons 23 35 40% 11.5 4 6 40% 24 14 9 East 10 10 @ HOU
11 Cleveland Cavaliers 24 36 40% 11.5 7 3 70% 22 15 7 East 9 11 vs UTA W @ MEM
12 Denver Nuggets 25 32 44% 14.0 1 9 10% 25 15 4 West 11 12 4* @ POR
13 Atlanta Hawks 26 31 46% 15.0 1 9 10% 25 16 7 East 8
14 Charlotte Bobcats 27 31 47% 15.5 6 4 60% 24 16 8 East 7 @ SAS L
15 Brooklyn Nets 27 29 48% 16.5 6 4 60% 26 20 12 East 6 1* @ MIL
16 Minnesota Timberwolves 28 29 49% 17.0 5 5 50% 25 18 9 West 10 13 @ SAC
17 Memphis Grizzlies 32 25 56% 21.0 6 4 60% 25 16 6 West 9 14 @ OKC L vs CLE
18 Phoenix Suns 34 24 59% 22.5 5 5 50% 24 15 7 West 8 vs NOP W
19 Dallas Mavericks 36 24 60% 23.5 7 3 70% 22 15 6 West 6 vs CHI L
20 Golden State Warriors 36 23 61% 24.0 7 3 70% 23 16 8 West 7 2* @ NYK 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 Lakers beat the Kings, so, uh? Success?
  • The Jazz lost to the Cavaliers, putting +1.0 games between the two of us. As a result the Cavs went from 9th in the lotto to 11th in one night.
  • The Suns won! They beat the Pelicans, and are now only 1.5 games from the Warriors.

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  • The Knicks lost to the Warriors, moving New York to 0.5 ahead of us, and moving Golden State to #6 in the West playoffs (they were #7 the night before).
  • The Grizzlies lost to the Thunder, moving the Grizz farther from the playoffs.
  • The Mavericks lost to the Bulls, flip-flopping with the Warriors.

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  • The Bobcats lost to the Spurs. Stop the presses.

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Tonight's Action:

Tonight is pretty busy, 12 of the 20 teams are playing.

  • The Bucks host the Nets, and these are two teams trying to go in opposing directions. I expect Brooklyn to win.
  • The Magic play against the Heat in South Beach, and yeah, Orlando should lose.
  • The Celtics host the Pacers, and of course, Boston should lose.
  • The Kings host the Timberwolves, and this is another obvious outcome. Sacramento should lose.

So all the teams with more losses than us should lose again

  • The Pelicans (now right on our butts) are visiting the Clippers and should lose.
  • The Pistons visit the Rockets and should also lose too.
  • And of course the Cavaliers visit the Grizzlies, and that should also be a loss.

So all the teams right behind us should lose tonight.

At the very least if Memphis wins then that helps us out with the (futile?) hope that GSW drops into the lotto.

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