NBA Playoffs and/or Lottery seeding roundup -- While you were sleeping March 17th, 2014

Jeremy Brevard-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:

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  • UTA @ HOU -- It was a loss, which is good. But our team didn't show any fight until the end. And the end was hilarious. (We <3 John Lucas III)
  • BOS @ DAL -- Dallas won, which is good, but since Phoenix will never win the games we need them to, from now on any wins of a team chasing the Warriors who beat a team we would like to win is no longer a "good" thing.

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  • BOS @ DAL -- So now I am mentioning the Boston game here, they are still on our tail
  • PHX @ BKN -- Suns lost, so, thanks for nothing Phoenix

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  • PHI @ IND -- The 76ers are just so 'meh' right now, if they end up with the 1st pick in the draft I will be upset
  • LAC @ DEN -- The Nuggets won! Woo!!
  • ATL @ CHA -- The Hawks beat the Bobcats -- Paul Millsap for prez!

Movers and Shakers:

  1. No teams moved up or down last night
  2. Philly has now lost 21 in a row, and the bleeding doesn't look like it will stop
  3. Btw, for a normal team last night is the kind of night that gets a coach fired, luckily Tyrone Corbin doesn't have to worry about being employed by a normal team this season, or any team next season
  4. Phoenix is now 3.5 games behind Golden State. I don't expect them to catch up, and thus, we can forget about the Warriors pick being worth anything

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 @ POR
2 Philadelphia 76ers 15 52 22% 2.0 0 10 0% 15 10 5 East 14 2 @ IND L
3 Orlando Magic 19 48 28% 6.0 2 8 20% 15 11 3 East 13 3 @ DEN
4 Utah Jazz 22 46 32% 8.5 1 9 10% 14 13 4 West 15 4 @ HOU L
5 Boston Celtics 22 46 32% 8.5 3 7 30% 14 9 5 East 12 4 @ DAL L
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 vs WAS
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% 15 11 6 East 10 9 vs MIA
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
12 Denver Nuggets 30 37 45% 17.0 5 5 50% 15 9 3 West 11 12 4* vs LAC W vs ORL
13 Atlanta Hawks 30 35 46% 18.0 4 6 40% 17 9 4 East 8 @ CHA W vs TOR
14 Charlotte Bobcats 33 35 49% 19.5 6 4 60% 14 10 6 East 7 vs ATL L
15 Minnesota Timberwolves 33 32 51% 21.0 6 4 60% 17 12 5 West 10 13
16 Brooklyn Nets 34 31 52% 22.0 8 2 80% 17 15 9 East 6 1* vs PHX W
17 Phoenix Suns 38 29 57% 25.0 5 5 50% 15 11 6 West 9 14 @ BKN L
18 Memphis Grizzlies 39 27 59% 26.5 7 3 70% 16 12 4 West 8
19 Dallas Mavericks 41 27 60% 27.5 6 4 60% 14 12 5 West 8 vs BOS W
20 Golden State Warriors 42 26 62% 28.5 7 3 70% 14 12 7 West 6 2*
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:

Somehow we have fewer games right now, I guess the NBA schedule guys want to give some people a break now-and-then.

  • Bucks @ Trail Blazers -- Yeah, I don't see Portland dropping so many games at home, it's not like Milwaukee is Golden State or anything.
  • Magic @ Nuggets -- Orlando is in lose now mode, and the Nuggets just beat the Clippers last night. They must be feeling good.
  • Wizards @ Kings -- John Wall and crew are too good to lose to DeMarcus Cousins and the clown patrol. So expect the Kings to be the same number of games behind the Bucks as the Lakers will be, despite playing 2 extra games.
  • Heat @ Cavaliers -- Kyrie Irving being dunzo for the season = Cavs being dunzo for the season too.
  • Raptors @ Hawks -- ATL won a game against the Bobcats last night, and will face another Eastern Conference playoff team tonight. After how the Hawks beat the Jazz two weeks ago it is hard to imagine they ever losing another game. But I guess most of that was our defense.

Yup, there are only five games tonight, and really, the only one that matters for us is the Kings game. So, go Sacramento! Get that win!

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