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

Mike Ehrmann

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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  • DAL @ UTA -- Dallas won, and Utah lost. Simple.

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  • HOU @ LAL -- Rockets won, beating the Lakers, who are still on our tail
  • OKC @ SAC -- Thunder won, and Sacramento is "right there" too, but still likely to finish 13th in the West

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  • DET @ ATL -- Detroit won a road game, and beat Atlanta
  • SAS @ MIN -- Minny beat the Spurs? What?
  • BKN @ MIA -- Brooklyn beat the Heat by blocking a LeBron James buzzer beating dunk attempt. The guy who blocked the dunk? Plumlee. What??

Movers and Shakers:

  1. No one changed spots last night, and I think it's obvious that the first two are locks at this point.
  2. There are 2.5 games between ORL and LAL, so teams 3 through 6 are in flux.

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 63 18% 0.0 1 9 10% 5 0 1 2 East 15 1 vs IND
2 Philadelphia 76ers 17 60 22% 3.0 2 8 20% 5 1 1 3 East 14 2 @ TOR
3 Orlando Magic *4 22 55 29% 8.0 3 7 30% 5 0 0 2 East 13 3 vs BKN
4 Boston Celtics *7 23 54 30% 9.0 1 9 10% 5 1 2 4 East 12 4 @ ATL
5 Utah Jazz *2 24 54 31% 9.5 2 8 20% 4 0 1 3 West 15 5 vs DAL L
6 Los Angeles Lakers 25 53 32% 10.5 3 7 30% 4 1 1 3 West 14 6 vs HOU L
7 Sacramento Kings 27 51 35% 12.5 3 7 30% 4 0 0 2 West 13 7 vs OKC L @ POR
8 Detroit Pistons 29 49 37% 14.5 4 6 40% 4 0 1 1 East 11 8 @ ATL W @ CLE
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 31 47 40% 16.5 5 5 50% 4 2 3 4 East 10 9 vs DET
10 New Orleans Pelicans *5 32 45 42% 18.0 5 5 50% 5 0 0 1 West 11 10 vs PHX
11 New York Knicks *3 33 45 42% 18.5 5 5 50% 4 0 0 1 East 9 11
12 Denver Nuggets *3,4 33 44 43% 19.0 3 7 30% 5 1 1 3 West 12 12 vs HOU
13 Atlanta Hawks *1, 7 34 43 44% 20.0 3 7 30% 5 2 2 4 East 8 vs DET L vs BOS
14 Minnesota Timberwolves 39 38 51% 25.0 5 5 50% 5 1 2 3 West 10 13 vs SAS W vs CHI
15 x Charlotte Bobcats *6 39 38 51% 25.0 6 4 60% 5 2 2 3 East 7 @ WAS
16 x Brooklyn Nets *1, 7 43 34 56% 29.0 7 3 70% 5 2 4 5 East 6 @ MIA W @ ORL
17 Memphis Grizzlies 45 32 58% 31.0 5 5 50% 5 1 2 4 West 9 14 vs MIA
18 Phoenix Suns 46 31 60% 32.0 8 2 80% 5 0 1 4 West 8 @ NOP
19 Dallas Mavericks 48 31 61% 33.0 7 3 70% 3 0 0 2 West 7 @ UTA W
20 Golden State Warriors *2 48 29 62% 34.0 7 3 70% 5 0 1 4 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
5* - NOP owes PHI their 1st rnd pick (Top 5 prot)
6* - CHA owes CHI their 1st rnd pick (Top 10 prot)
7* - Worst of ATL/BKN owes BOS their 1st round pick
x - Clinched Playoffs

Tonight's Action:

Lots of teams in action tonight.

  • IND @ MIL -- I don't know who is going to win this game, which indicates how the Pacers are playing right now
  • PHI @ TOR -- This should be a feast for the Raptors
  • BKN @ ORL -- It's likely that the Nets will win this game as well, even if they played last night in Miami
  • BOS @ ATL -- Remember when these two teams faced each other in the playoffs? Bird and Nique?
  • SAC @ POR -- Trail Blazers are not going to give the Jazz any help here, they'll win
  • DET @ CLE -- Winner gets Toledo, OH (a war was fought over it many years ago)
  • PHX @ NOP -- With how these two teams are going, I will be surprised if Phoenix loses
  • HOU @ DEN -- Rockets should win
  • CHI @ MIN -- If Minny can beat the Spurs they surely can handle the Bulls right?
  • CHA @ WAS -- Big game between two East playoff teams
  • MIA @ MEM -- A tough test for the 9th seed in the Western Conference

I have the creeping feeling that we're going to beat the Lakers when we play, and that's the only game I seem to care about left on our schedule.

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