NBA Playoffs and/or Lottery seeding roundup -- While you were sleeping March 3rd, 2014

I won a title with the Bucks. No team with me on the roster could tank, because I was so good. - Benny Sieu-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 12 47 20% 0.0 3 7 30% 23 13 7 East 15 1 vs UTA W
2 Philadelphia 76ers 15 45 25% 2.5 0 10 0% 22 13 7 East 14 2 @ OKC
3 Orlando Magic 19 43 31% 5.5 4 6 40% 20 12 4 East 13 3
4 Boston Celtics 20 40 33% 7.5 3 7 30% 22 14 6 East 12 4
5 New York Knicks 21 40 34% 8.0 1 9 10% 21 15 10 East 11 5 3* @ DET L
6 Sacramento Kings 21 39 35% 8.5 4 6 40% 22 15 6 West 15 6 vs NOP W
7 Los Angeles Lakers 21 39 35% 8.5 3 7 30% 22 12 5 West 14 7 @ POR W vs NOP
8 Utah Jazz 21 39 35% 8.5 4 6 40% 22 16 6 West 13 8 @ MIL L
9 New Orleans Pelicans 23 37 38% 10.5 1 9 10% 22 12 6 West 12 9 @ SAC L @ LAL
10 Cleveland Cavaliers 24 37 39% 11.0 6 4 60% 21 14 7 East 10 10 vs SAS
11 Detroit Pistons 24 36 40% 11.5 3 7 30% 22 13 8 East9 11 vs NYK W
12 Denver Nuggets 25 34 42% 13.0 1 9 10% 23 14 4 West 11 12 4* vs MIN L
13 Atlanta Hawks 26 32 45% 14.5 1 9 10% 24 15 7 East 8
14 Charlotte Bobcats 27 33 45% 14.5 5 5 50% 22 16 8 East 7 @ MIA L
15 Brooklyn Nets 29 29 50% 17.5 7 3 70% 24 19 11 East 6 1* vs CHI W
16 Minnesota Timberwolves 30 29 51% 18.0 6 4 60% 23 17 9 West 10 13 @ DEN W
17 Memphis Grizzlies 34 25 58% 22.0 7 3 70% 23 15 5 West 9 14 @ WAS W
18 Dallas Mavericks 36 25 59% 23.0 6 4 60% 21 15 6 West 8
19 Phoenix Suns 35 24 59% 23.0 6 4 60% 23 14 7 West 7 vs LAC
20 Golden State Warriors 36 24 60% 23.5 6 4 60% 22 16 8 West 6 2* @IND
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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  • Almost everything that could go possibly right for us did last night!
  • The Jazz lost to the Bucks, which on a personal level makes me upset, but in the big picture it was for the greater good
  • The Kings (ahead of Utah) won, and beat the Pelicans
  • The Lakers (also ahead of Utah), won, and beat the Trail Blazers
  • The Timberwolves (chasing the Dubs) won, and beat the Nuggets
  • The Grizzlies (chasing the Dubs) won, and beat the Wizards

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  • The Knicks lost, again, this time to the Pistons and went from being #7 to #5 in one night because of the LAL and SAC wins
  • With the Pelicans loss they are now only 2.0 games behind the Jazz

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Tonight's Action:

So almost everything went for Utah, save for the Knicks jumping to the Top five for lotto balls. Also in the East the Pistons are one step closer to the playoffs, which is good. Out West LAL, SAC, and UTA are all now 21-39. Because of tie breakers and such we are 3rd place. Can we out tank these two teams? Over the next 22 games we'll find out. And in the other race, the chase for the Warriors, Golden State holds a 0.5 lead over Phoenix and Dallas, a 1.5 lead over Memphis, and a 5.5 lead over the Timberwolves.

Anyway, what about tonight?

  • The 76ers visit the Thunder, so expect their 'slide' to continue. They have lost 14 straight games, but the NBA head office reports no evidence for tanking still.
  • The Lakers will host the Pelicans. Both teams played last night, and the Lakers are actually "hotter" than NOP is. The Unibrow's team is only 1-9 in their last 10. Ouch. Weren't they supposed to make the playoffs this year, according to some national writers?
  • The Cavaliers will host the Spurs, so, well, that should be a loss.
  • The Suns host the Clippers, and that will be a tough game. But if the Suns are to overtake the dubs they're going to have to play some tough games, only 7 of their final 23 games are against Bottom 10 teams.
  • And last, and least, the Warriors will travel to the Pacers. They are on a long East road trip and I predict their schedule should get easier over the next 22 games. But for as long as they are on the road (near loss in DET, loss in TOR) they need to keep losing. Indiana, hopefully, will destroy them.

And that's the score for what happened last night, and what to expect for tonight. The Jazz really do hold their own fate in their hands now. There are 22 games left, 16 against these bottom 20 teams, and 6 left against the bottom 10. If they want to pick a direction and follow through with it, now would be the optimum time.

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