NBA Playoffs and/or Lottery seeding roundup -- While you were sleeping March 8th, 2014

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

All of the good, bad, and meh things that happened in the races we care about.

o 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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  • The Knicks won, so they are now 1.5 games behind us, why is putting space between UTA and NYK important? because DEN gets the NYK pick. That's why.
  • The Grizzlies won, beating the Bobcats. Now MEM is only 2.5 games behind GSW.

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  • Every team ahead of the Jazz who played last night also lost...
  • ... The Bucks lost to the Wizards
  • ... The 76ers lost to the Jazz
  • ... The Magic lost to the Spurs
  • And of course, the Jazz beat a team, but hey, we did go 1-5 so Tyrone Corbin should be brought back next year, right?

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  • The Hawks lost to the Clippers, a very close finish, but really looks bad for ATL right now.

Movers and Shakers:

  1. The Jazz dropped a spot, and the Celtics went up one.

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 12 50 19% 0.0 3 7 30% 20 11 6 East 15 1 vs WAS L
2 Philadelphia 76ers 15 47 24% 3.0 0 10 0% 20 12 6 East 14 2 vs UTA L
3 Orlando Magic 19 45 30% 6.0 3 7 30% 18 12 4 East 13 3 vs SAS L
4 Los Angeles Lakers 21 42 33% 8.5 3 7 30% 19 10 5 West 15 4 vs OKC
5 Boston Celtics 21 41 34% 9.0 3 7 30% 20 13 6 East 12 5 vs DET
6 Utah Jazz 22 41 35% 9.5 3 7 30% 19 14 4 West 14 6 @ PHI W
7 Sacramento Kings 22 40 35% 10.0 5 5 50% 20 14 5 West 13 7 @ BKN
8 Cleveland Cavaliers 24 40 38% 11.0 3 7 30% 18 12 6 East 11 8 vs NYK L
9 New York Knicks 24 40 38% 11.0 3 7 30% 18 12 8 East 10 9 3* @ CLE W
10 Detroit Pistons 24 38 39% 12.0 2 8 20% 20 12 8 East 9 10 @ BOS
11 New Orleans Pelicans 25 37 40% 13.0 2 8 20% 20 10 4 West 12 11 vs DEN
12 Atlanta Hawks 26 35 43% 14.5 1 9 10% 21 14 7 East 8 @ LAC L
13 Denver Nuggets 27 34 44% 15.5 3 7 30% 21 12 3 West 11 12 4* @ NOP
14 Charlotte Bobcats 29 34 46% 16.5 6 4 60% 19 14 7 East 7 @ MEM L
15 Brooklyn Nets 30 30 50% 19.0 6 4 60% 22 17 10 East 6 1* vs SAC
16 Minnesota Timberwolves 31 30 51% 19.5 7 3 70% 21 15 7 West 10 13 vs TOR
17 Memphis Grizzlies 36 26 58% 24.0 7 3 70% 20 13 5 West 9 14 vs CHA W
18 Dallas Mavericks 37 26 59% 24.5 6 4 60% 19 14 6 West 8 vs IND
19 Phoenix Suns 36 25 59% 24.5 6 4 60% 21 14 7 West 7 @ GSW
20 Golden State Warriors 39 24 62% 26.5 8 2 80% 19 15 8 West 6 2* vs PHX
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:

There's a huge game tonight, see if you can spot it!

  • OKC @ LAL -- expect the Lakers to lose again
  • DET @ BOS -- no one knows who will win this game
  • SAC @ BKN -- for the sake of the Nyets, they *should* win this one
  • DEN @ NOP -- two franchises that are always overhyped
  • TOR @ MIN -- Minny is 7.0 games off of Golden State. I don't see them catching up.
  • IND @ DAL -- Another tough match-up, but Indy is losing games right now
  • PHX @ GSW -- A Suns win here makes it a 1.0 game margin, which is a closer margin than the Lakers and Kings right now

SO GUNS! Er, I mean GO SUNS! (Damn daylight's savings . . . )

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