NBA Playoffs and/or Lottery seeding roundup -- While you were sleeping March 10th, 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:

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  • The Jazz lost to the Hawks. The Jazz, down by 15 at half, came back in the 3rd and took the lead. It was a very fun game where all the guys we care about had pretty good games (for both teams). I actually did think that Alec Burks was missing some shots on purpose though. (Conspiracy) His fake "Oh, I am upset I missed it face" and then look up to the arena screen to see a replay and then not really be mad about it was interesting to see and/or have my mind construct.
  • The Knicks beat the 76ers, which is good. They are no longer right on our tail, and they are winning enough to make a push for the playoffs. Such that when we play them again later on this season they'll still be trying to win games.
  • The Nets beat the Raptors? So . . . uh . . . take THAT Canada!

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  • The Magic lost to the Bucks -- Orlando is almost in striking range if we tried a little harder
  • The Suns lost to the Clippers, and are now 3.5 behind the Warriors.

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  • The Bobcats beat the Nuggets.

Movers and Shakers:

  1. Will Philly win another game this season? Let's recap: their current losing streak is a larger number than all of the wins they have this season, regardless of streak.
  2. The Jazz leaped over the Kings, and technically are tied with the Lakers (but I don't trust our ability to beat them in a coin flip)
  3. The Knicks moved beyond the Pistons, and closer to the playoffs by one spot
  4. The Hawks are still in the playoffs, and for academic purposes, now have a lower pick than the Nuggets.

The Big Board:

Record Last 10 Remaining Standings Game Result
Team W L % GB W L % Gm v20 v10 Seed Lotto Last Next
1 Milwaukee Bucks 13 50 21% 0.0 3 7 30% 19 10 5 East 15 1 vs ORL W @ MIN
2 Philadelphia 76ers 15 48 24% 2.0 0 10 0% 19 11 5 East 14 2 @ NYK L
3 Orlando Magic 19 46 29% 5.0 3 7 30% 17 11 3 East 13 3 @ MIL L
4 Los Angeles Lakers 22 42 34% 8.5 4 6 40% 18 10 5 West 15 4
5 Utah Jazz 22 42 34% 8.5 3 7 30% 18 13 4 West 14 4 vs ATL L
6 Sacramento Kings 22 41 35% 9.0 4 6 40% 19 13 5 West 13 6 @ DET
7 Boston Celtics 22 41 35% 9.0 3 7 30% 19 12 5 East 12 6 @ IND
8 Cleveland Cavaliers 24 40 38% 10.5 3 7 30% 18 12 6 East 11 8
9 Detroit Pistons 24 39 38% 11.0 2 8 20% 19 11 7 East 10 9 vs SAC
10 New York Knicks 25 40 38% 11.0 4 6 40% 17 11 7 East 9 9 3* vs PHI W
11 New Orleans Pelicans 26 37 41% 13.0 3 7 30% 19 9 4 West 12 11
12 Denver Nuggets 27 36 43% 14.0 2 8 20% 19 10 3 West 11 12 4* @ CHA L
13 Atlanta Hawks 27 35 44% 14.5 2 8 20% 20 13 6 East 8 @ UTA W
14 Charlotte Bobcats 30 34 47% 16.5 6 4 60% 18 13 7 East 7 vs DEN W
15 Minnesota Timberwolves 31 31 50% 18.5 7 3 70% 20 15 7 West 10 13
16 Brooklyn Nets 32 30 52% 19.5 7 3 70% 20 16 9 East 6 1* vs TOR W
17 Phoenix Suns 36 27 57% 23.0 4 6 40% 19 13 7 West 9 14 @ LAC L
18 Memphis Grizzlies 36 26 58% 23.5 7 3 70% 20 13 5 West 8 vs POR
19 Dallas Mavericks 38 26 59% 24.5 6 4 60% 18 14 6 West 7 @ GSW
20 Golden State Warriors 40 24 63% 26.5 8 2 80% 18 14 8 West 6 2* vs DAL
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


Tonight's Action:

Only 7 of 20 are playing tonight. There is another huge game though.

  • MIL @ MIN -- shouldn't these two teams be in the same division?
  • SAC @ DET -- The Pistons should win this one, right? And then it will be a three way tie at the bottom of the Western Conference
  • BOS @ IND -- Who knows with these two teams?
  • POR @ MEM -- Memphis needs this game
  • DAL @ GSW -- this is the game of the night. These two teams are 2.0 games from one another. If the Dubs win they would straight arm the rest of their closest competition and I'll have to start scouting guys in the 23-30 range in this draft.

Go Mavs!

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