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NBA Standings and Draft Lottery review March 23rd, 2015

Catching up with the standings for both the West Playoffs and the NBA Lotto

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There were so many games last night -- sadly, little change in the Western Conference, but lots of shake ups for the NBA Draft Lottery  . . .

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What happened last night?

Winner Loser Commentary
1 CLE East 2 108 - MIL East 6 90 LeBron James is pretty good, huh?
2 OKC West 8 93 - MIA East 7 75 Enes Kanter and Russell Westbrook somehow works
3 SAS West 6 114 - ATL East 1 95 Tiago Splitter put up 23 points to lead all scorers?
4 LAC West 5 107 - NOP West 9 100 Anthony Davis returns, doesn't take enough shots
5 TOR East 3 106 - NYK East 15 89 Kyle Lowry sat, Raps still rolled
6 DET East 12 105 - BOS East 8 97 Detroit wins in OT, KCP goes for 27
7 SAC West 13 109 - WAS East 5 86 The Wiz are who we thought they were
8 DEN West 12 119 - ORL East 13 100 Danilo Gallinari drops 40 on Orlando
9 CHA East 10 109 - MIN West 15 98 I expected the worst team in the West to win this
10 PHX West 10 98 - DAL West 7 92 Okay, so maybe Phoenix isn't dead yet
11 LAL West 14 101 - PHI East 14 87 Jeremy Lin scored 29 points, Lakers win 18th of seas

Where do we begin? I don't think anyone wants a part of the Thunder right now, even with their Kevin Durant / Serge Ibaka news. The Spurs beat the Spurs of the East. Detroit, Sacramento, Denver, and Charlotte all won last night -- don't they know they should be losing? Oh, and Phoenix won, again. For the fourth time in a row.

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Western Conference Standings:

Team W L % GB GL Last Night Tonight
1 Warriors - x 56 - 13 81.16% 0.0 13 vs WAS
2 Grizzlies 49 - 21 70.00% 7.5 12 @ NYK
3 Rockets 46 23 66.67% 10.0 13 @ IND
4 Trail Blazers 44 - 24 64.71% 11.5 14
5 Clippers 46 - 25 64.79% 11.0 11 vs NOP W
6 Spurs 44 - 25 63.77% 12.0 13 @ ATL W
7 Mavericks 44 - 27 61.97% 13.0 11 @ PHX L
8 Thunder 40 - 30 57.14% 16.5 12 vs MIA W
9 Suns 38 - 33 53.52% 19.0 11 vs DAL W
10 Pelicans 37 - 33 52.86% 19.5 12 @ LAC L
11 Jazz 31 - 38 44.93% 25.0 13 vs MIN
12 Nuggets 26 - 44 37.14% 30.5 12 @ ORL
13 Kings 23 - 45 33.82% 32.5 14 vs WIZ
14 Lakers 17 - 50 25.37% 38.0 15 vs PHI
15 Timberwolves 15 - 53 22.06% 40.5 14 vs CHA @ UTA
x - Clinched Playoffs

So the Suns jumped the Pelicans -- and there were no other changes at all last night. The Jazz are now 5.5 behind the Pelicans for the #10 spot in the West, and the #2 and #7 seeds are still separated by 5.5 games as well.

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NBA Draft Lottery standings:

2014 2015 WYWS March 23

Changes? Hornets +2, Suns +1, Pacers / Celtics / Pelicans all -1.

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Tonight's games:

Road Home Commentary
1 HOU West 3 @ IND East 10 James Harden @ Damjan Rudez, NBA Finals match-up
2 BOS East 9 @ BKN East 11 These two teams are in a dogfight
3 MEM West 2 @ NYK East 15 Expect a bear mauling
4 CHA East 8 @ CHI East 4 Defense vs. Alfense. There will be no survivors.
5 MIN West 15 @ UTA West 11 Utah can't lose to this team, I hope.
6 WAS East 6 @ GSW West 1 Wizards crazy road trip continues. Ends tonight.

Wizards vs. Warriors . . . so obviously the Rogue will win in the end with a backstab.

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Twenty four more nights until we know how many lotto balls each team gets!