NBA Playoffs and/or Lottery seeding roundup -- While you were sleeping March 28th, 2014

David Manning-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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  • CHA @ ORL -- Orlando wins in overtime, and collects their 1,000th franchise win! Congrats!
  • UTA @ NOP -- New Orleans wins despite not having 5 rotation guys, that is our winning culture, by the way.
  • NYK @ PHX -- Phoenix wins, and are now, somehow, #7 in the West again.

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  • BOS @ TOR -- Toronto wins, and in doing so, has clinched a playoff spot for the first time in a very long time. Boston loses, so they are right on our tails still.
  • LAL @ MIN -- Los Angeles didn't even try, and got blasted by an exponential number.
  • SAC @ OKC -- Sacramento also lost, it wasn't close.
  • MIA @ DET -- Detroit kept it close in the first half, then Miami took over. It got ugly.
  • MEM @ GSW -- This is the big one, Memphis lost to Golden State. This game is huge for the Western conference.

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  • CLE @ BKN -- Cleveland lost to Deron Williams ' club.
  • SAS @ DEN -- Denver lost to the Spurs. No brainer.

Movers and Shakers:

  1. Phoenix is now #7 in the West
  2. Memphis goes down to #8, and Dallas is at #9
  3. Golden State is even more in the drivers seat with a 1.5 lead on the next closest team.
  4. New Orleans went from 11th by record to 13th by record in one night.
  5. Boston almost won last night, but Toronto was motivated to clinch. So, well, they lost by 2.

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 14 58 19% 0.0 2 8 20% 10 0 1 3 East 15 1 vs MIA
2 Philadelphia 76ers 15 57 21% 1.0 0 10 0% 10 2 3 8 East 14 2 vs DET
3 Orlando Magic *4 21 52 29% 6.5 2 8 20% 9 0 1 5 East 13 3 vs CHA W
4 Utah Jazz *2 23 50 32% 8.5 1 9 10% 9 0 2 7 West 15 4 @ NOP L
5 Boston Celtics 23 49 32% 9.0 2 8 20% 10 2 4 6 East 12 5 @ TOR L
6 Los Angeles Lakers 24 48 33% 10.0 3 7 30% 10 1 2 6 West 14 6 @ MIN L
7 Sacramento Kings 25 47 35% 11.0 3 7 30% 10 0 1 7 West 13 7 @ OKC L @ DAL
8 Detroit Pistons 26 46 36% 12.0 2 8 20% 10 3 4 6 East 11 8 vs MIA L @ PHI
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 29 45 39% 14.0 5 5 50% 8 3 4 7 East 10 9 @ BKN L
10 New York Knicks *3 30 43 41% 15.5 7 3 70% 9 1 1 4 East 9 10 @ PHX L
11 Atlanta Hawks *1 31 40 44% 17.5 5 5 50% 11 3 5 7 East 8 @ WIZ
12 Denver Nuggets *3,4 32 41 44% 17.5 5 5 50% 9 1 1 6 West 12 11 vs SAS L
13 New Orleans Pelicans 32 40 44% 18.0 7 3 70% 10 1 2 4 West 11 12 vs UTA W @ SAS
14 Charlotte Bobcats 35 38 48% 20.5 6 4 60% 9 4 5 6 East 7 @ ORL L
15 Minnesota Timberwolves 36 35 51% 22.5 5 5 50% 11 2 3 6 West 10 13 vs LAL W
16 Brooklyn Nets *1 38 33 54% 24.5 7 3 70% 11 3 7 9 East 6 vs CLE W
17 Dallas Mavericks 43 30 59% 28.5 6 4 60% 9 1 4 7 West 9 14 vs SAC
18 Memphis Grizzlies 43 29 60% 29.0 7 3 70% 10 1 2 7 West 8 @ GSW L
19 Phoenix Suns 44 29 60% 29.5 8 2 80% 9 0 2 5 West 7 vs NYK W
20 Golden State Warriors *2 45 27 63% 31.0 7 3 70% 10 1 4 8 West 6 vs MEM 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 rnd picks


Tonight's Action:

Only a few games, so, blah.

  • MIA @ MIL -- Heat should roll
  • DET @ PHI -- Philly should lose, but Detroit is no world beater, and played last night
  • SAC @ DAL -- Do we want Dallas to beat GSW (unlikely), or do we want to hurt Sacramento who is likely to lose a lof of their remaining games (likely)? Go Kings!
  • ATL @ WAS -- This is a big game for Atlanta who is 2.0 up on New York at this stage.
  • NOP @ SAS -- Spurs will win. Especially if Pellies are holding guys out still.

So almost everything that could have gone bad went wrong last night. Glad the Jazz lost though. We needed to with every team behind us losing as well.

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