NBA Playoffs and/or Lottery seeding roundup -- While you were sleeping March 1st, 2014

Winslow Townson-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:

Record Last 10 Remaining Standings Game Result
Team W L % GB W L % Gm v20 v10 Seed Lotto Last Next
1 Milwaukee Bucks 11 47 19% 0.0 2 8 20% 24 14 8 East 15 1 vs BKN L
2 Philadelphia 76ers 15 44 25% 3.5 0 10 0% 23 14 8 East 14 2 vs WIZ L @ ORL
3 Orlando Magic 18 43 30% 5.5 4 6 40% 21 13 5 East 13 3 @ MIA L vs PHI
4 Boston Celtics 20 40 33% 8.0 3 7 30% 22 14 6 East 12 4 vs IND L
5 Sacramento Kings 20 39 34% 8.5 3 7 30% 23 16 6 West 15 5 vs MIN L
6 Los Angeles Lakers 20 39 34% 8.5 3 7 30% 23 12 5 West 14 6
7 New York Knicks 21 38 36% 9.5 2 8 20% 23 16 11 East 11 7 3* @ CHI
8 Utah Jazz 21 37 36% 10.0 5 5 50% 24 17 7 West 13 8 @ IND
9 New Orleans Pelicans 23 36 39% 11.5 1 9 10% 23 13 7 West 12 9 @ LAC L
10 Detroit Pistons 23 36 39% 11.5 3 7 30% 23 14 9 East 10 10 @ HOU L
11 Cleveland Cavaliers 24 37 39% 11.5 6 4 60% 21 14 7 East 9 11 @ MEM L
12 Denver Nuggets 25 33 43% 14.0 1 9 10% 24 15 4 West 11 12 4* @ POR L
13 Atlanta Hawks 26 31 46% 15.5 1 9 10% 25 16 7 East 8 @ PHX
14 Charlotte Bobcats 27 31 47% 16.0 6 4 60% 24 16 8 East 7 @ OKC
15 Brooklyn Nets 28 29 49% 17.5 6 4 60% 25 19 11 East 6 1* @ MIL W
16 Minnesota Timberwolves 29 29 50% 18.0 5 5 50% 24 18 9 West 10 13 @ SAC W
17 Memphis Grizzlies 33 25 57% 22.0 7 3 70% 24 15 5 West 9 14 vs CLE W
18 Phoenix Suns 34 24 59% 23.0 5 5 50% 24 15 7 West 8 vs ATL
19 Dallas Mavericks 36 24 60% 24.0 7 3 70% 22 15 6 West 6 @ SAS
20 Golden State Warriors 36 23 61% 24.5 7 3 70% 23 16 8 West 7 2* @ TOR
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 Timberwolves beat the Kings, I don't think we're going to catch the Kings so I am more concerned with the Warriors and if they make the playoffs.
  • The Grizzlies beat the Cavaliers, ditto. Sure, the Kings are now 1.5 games ahead of us, and the Cavaliers are 1.5 games behind us . . . . but the Warriors are now only, gulp, 6.5 games ahead of the Wolves and 2.5 games ahead of the Grizz. It's unlikely that they'll catch them, but it's more likely than expecting the Jazz to tank.

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  • Every team ahead of us in the tank rank that played last night (The Bucks, 76ers, Magic, Celtics, and Kings) lost.
  • The four teams directly behind us in the tank all lost too (the Pelicans, Pistons, Cavaliers, and Nuggets).

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  • The The Nets beat the Bucks. Party time.

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Tonight's Action:

There are only a few games that matter tonight.

  • The 76ers visit the Magic tonight, in a match-up between the #2 and #3 seeds in the tank.
  • The Knicks visit the Bulls, and the Jazz visit the Pacers, Utah and New York are only 0.5 games from one another.
  • The Warriors will visit the Raptors up in Canada.
  • The Mavericks visit the Kings, and hope they win.
  • The Suns host the Hawks, and I hope they win too. Tonight could be a night where DAL and PHX gain 1.0 games on GSW if Toronto can win at home.
  • The Bobcats visit the Thunder in the "Meh" game of the night.

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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