NBA Playoffs and/or Lottery seeding roundup -- While you were sleeping March 16th, 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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  • UTA @ SAS -- The Jazz lost, which is what we want from this point onwards. You know how good Jabari and Andrew are. And you know precisely where we need help. Duh.
  • CHA @ MIL -- The Bucks lost, we want them to stay ahead of PHI who has no intention of winning ever again.
  • PHX @ TOR -- The Suns won, it was surprising, but I was happy to see it.
  • DAL @ OKC -- Another surprising win for the Mavericks. These guys are winning tough games, and hats off to them.

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  • BOS @ NOP -- The Celtics lost, so it invalidates our loss
  • SAC @ MIN -- The Kings lost, so same deal here
  • GSW @ POR -- And the Warriors won too, so that invalidates the PHX and DAL wins.

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  • CLE @ LAC -- Cavaliers lost, so big deal. They are of no interest to us right now.

Movers and Shakers:

  1. Because LAL was idle, UTA and BOS jumped up one spot each, and now hold half a game on them
  2. SAC loss makes them 0.5 from LAL, and 1.0 from UTA/BOS
  3. Nothing else really big happened
  4. ... unless you look at all the small margin of victory games: PHX won by 8 on the road; BOS lost by 1 pt in OT; SAC lost by 2 pts., and GSW won by 1 pt on the road.

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 54 19% 0.0 2 8 20% 15 5 4 East 15 1 vs CHA L
2 Philadelphia 76ers 15 51 23% 2.5 0 10 0% 16 10 5 East 14 2 @ IND
3 Orlando Magic 19 48 28% 6.0 2 8 20% 15 11 3 East 13 3
4 Utah Jazz 22 45 33% 9.0 1 9 10% 15 13 4 West 15 4 @ SAS L @ HOU
5 Boston Celtics 22 45 33% 9.0 3 7 30% 15 10 5 East 12 4 @ NOP L @ DAL
6 Los Angeles Lakers 22 44 33% 9.5 3 7 30% 16 10 5 West 14 6
7 Sacramento Kings 23 44 34% 10.0 3 7 30% 15 11 4 West 13 7 @ MIN L
8 Detroit Pistons 25 41 38% 12.5 2 8 20% 16 10 6 East 11 8
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 26 41 39% 13.0 4 6 40% 16 11 6 East 10 9 @ LAC L
10 New York Knicks 27 40 40% 14.0 6 4 60% 15 10 6 East 9 10 3*
11 New Orleans Pelicans 27 39 41% 14.5 3 7 30% 16 8 3 West 12 11 vs BOS W
12 Denver Nuggets 29 37 44% 16.5 4 6 40% 16 9 3 West 11 12 4* vs LAC
13 Atlanta Hawks 29 35 45% 17.5 4 6 40% 18 10 4 East 8 @ CHA
14 Charlotte Bobcats 33 34 49% 20.0 6 4 60% 15 11 6 East 7 @ MIL W vs ATL
15 Minnesota Timberwolves 33 32 51% 21.0 6 4 60% 17 12 5 West 10 13 vs SAC W
16 Brooklyn Nets 33 31 52% 21.5 7 3 70% 18 16 9 East 6 1* vs PHX
17 Phoenix Suns 38 28 58% 25.5 5 5 50% 16 12 6 West 9 14 @ TOR W @ BKN
18 Memphis Grizzlies 39 27 59% 26.5 7 3 70% 16 12 4 West 8
19 Dallas Mavericks 40 27 60% 27.0 6 4 60% 25 13 6 West 8 @ OKC W vs BOS
20 Golden State Warriors 42 26 62% 28.5 7 3 70% 14 12 7 West 6 2* @ POR 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

Tonight's Action:

LOTS OF GAMES TONIGHT!

  • PHI @ IND -- Philly already has a 20 game losing streak, why stop now? Really? Why stop? Ever? I bet right now Nerlens Noel 's ACL feels better than my 35 year old ones.
  • UTA @ HOU -- We couldn't have the dribble penetration last night, we're going to have to face more of it tonight with Patrick Beverly and James Harden.
  • BOS @ DAL -- We have to make the decision here, do we care more about our pick, or the pick GSW owes us? Because if DAL wins they'll be another 0.5 games closer to GSW. But if they win, BOS loses, and stays right with us.
  • LAC @ DEN -- Clippers are on a roll, and Denver will only play harder and harder teams and look to lose more games down the stretch.
  • ATL @ CHA -- East #8 @ East #7. Paul Millsap visiting Al Jefferson. All of the feels. Well, for me half of the feels. It's clear I wasn't in love with Big Al. It surprises me to no end to actually see him on the way to the playoffs.
  • PHX @ BNK -- Brooklyn is hot right now, and Phoenix played last night, and won in Toronto. If good things are going to happen for us, it will have to happen in the Barclay's center tonight.

Last night was almost wasted because GSW won when PHX and DAL both did. Similarly, UTA lost, but so too did BOS and SAC. We want to see some separation at the end of March. But half of that is keeping pace.

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