NBA Playoffs and/or Lottery seeding roundup -- While you were sleeping March 25th, 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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  • POR @ ORL -- Orlando won, crazy. I know.
  • NYK @ LAL -- Los Angeles won, also crazy. They killed New York.
  • TOR @ CLE -- Cleveland won, keeping them out of our hair, which is important because without Kyrie Irving they could easily take a big slide
  • OKC @ DAL -- Dallas also won, woo!

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  • NOTHING BAD HAPPENED! For the second night in a row!
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    • Nothing was "meh" either!

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    Movers and Shakers:

    1. Dallas jumps over Phoenix for that last playoff spot in the West by 0.5 games, and is now 1.5 games behind Golden State
    2. Memphis is also 1.5 games behind Golden State
    3. Los Angeles and Boston are no longer tied for 5th worst
    4. Peter Novak is really sexy, not really related to March 25th or anything, but just wanted you guys and gals to know.

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    Tankapalooza:

    Record Last 10 Games vs Standings Game Result
    Team W L % GB W L % Tot B5 B10 B20 Seed Lotto Last Next
    1 Milwaukee Bucks 13 58 18% 0.0 1 9 10% 11 0 2 4 East 15 1
    2 Philadelphia 76ers 15 56 21% 2.0 0 10 0% 11 2 3 8 East 14 2
    3 Orlando Magic *4 20 52 28% 6.5 1 9 10% 10 0 1 6 East 13 3 vs POR W
    4 Utah Jazz *2 23 48 32% 10.0 2 8 20% 11 0 2 9 West 14 4 vs MEM
    5 Boston Celtics 23 47 33% 10.5 3 7 30% 12 2 4 6 East 12 5 vs TOR
    6 Los Angeles Lakers 24 46 34% 11.5 3 7 30% 12 2 3 8 West 15 6 vs NYK W
    7 Sacramento Kings 25 45 36% 12.5 4 6 40% 12 0 2 8 West 13 7 vs NYK
    8 Detroit Pistons 26 44 37% 13.5 2 8 20% 12 3 5 7 East 11 8 vs CLE
    9 Cleveland Cavaliers 28 44 39% 14.5 4 6 40% 10 3 5 9 East 10 9 vs TOR W @ DET
    10 New York Knicks *3 29 42 41% 16.0 8 2 80% 11 1 2 6 East 9 11 @ LAL L @ SAC
    11 New Orleans Pelicans 30 40 43% 17.5 7 3 70% 12 2 3 5 West 12 10 vs LAC
    12 Atlanta Hawks *1 31 38 45% 19.0 5 5 50% 13 3 5 8 East 8 @ MIN
    13 Denver Nuggets *3,4 32 39 45% 19.0 5 5 50% 11 1 1 6 West 11 12 @ SAS
    14 Charlotte Bobcats 34 37 48% 21.0 6 4 60% 11 5 6 8 East 7 vs BKN
    15 Minnesota Timberwolves 34 35 49% 22.0 4 6 40% 13 2 4 8 West 10 13 vs ATL
    16 Brooklyn Nets *1 37 32 54% 25.0 7 3 70% 13 3 8 11 East 6 @ CHA
    17 Phoenix Suns 42 29 59% 29.0 6 4 60% 11 0 3 6 West 9 14 @ WAS
    18 Dallas Mavericks 43 29 60% 29.5 7 3 70% 10 1 4 7 West 9 vs OKC W
    19 Memphis Grizzlies 42 28 60% 29.5 8 2 80% 12 2 3 9 West 7
    20 Golden State Warriors *2 44 27 62% 31.0 7 3 70% 11 1 4 9 West 6
    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 rnd picks

    Tonight's Action:

    So few games tonight, which means they'll all be playing on Wednesday methinks.... (I could just look at the schedule, but no, I want it to be a surprise.)

    • MEM @ UTA -- This is a big game, we need to lose, right? Sorry Trey Burke.
    • TOR @ BOS -- Boston is right on our heels, and the Raptors are good. So, bad luck for us.
    • NYK @ SAC -- New York continues their long road trip, and played last night. Can they lose again?
    • CLE @ DET -- This is a match up against the #8 and #9 seeds in the lotto. Only 1.0 games are between them.
    • LAC @ NOP -- New Orleans is 7-3 in their last 10, but LA is out for blood.
    • ATL @ MIN -- This is a match up with the #12 and #15 seeds by record, but Minny is a lotto team, and Atlanta is not, despite Minny being 3.0 games ahead in the standings.
    • DEN @ SAS -- Denver is no match for San Antonio
    • BKN @ CHA -- Two East playoff teams go at it again, 4.0 games between the two.
    • PHX @ WAS -- If Phoenix is going to strike, it has to be now while Golden State doesn't play any games.

    I am interested to see what we do without Alec Burks for another game. And New York holds more of our fate than we care to admit.

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