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A look at the playoff picture shows that it is very possible that the Grizzlies will not make the playoffs. I think they will, but the road ahead is not easy.

The Grizzlies will play 4 playoff teams, including Phoenix, over the last 6 games, 2 home, 2 away. Dallas plays 3 playoff teams in 5 games, 1h-1 away, while Phoenix, like Memphis, plays 4 playoff teams, 3 h-1 away. Each of these 3 teams plays the other 2 teams one more time. Boy, how crucial are those games? Remember that the Grizzlies have won the season series against Phoenix and lost the season series against Dallas, if it comes down to tied records.

The other 6 seeds in the West are not assured either, but I think that the Spurs will be number 1 with a 3 game lead and only 6 games left. Portland could fall to 6th and

To emphasize the difference between the competition level in the East and West, the Eastern Conference has 6 teams that have guaranteed a playoff spot, while in the Western Conference only 4 teams have. Also, the 7th and 8th teams in the East don’t have winning records while in the West, the top 10 teams have winning records. Either Atlanta, New York or maybe Cleveland will make the playoffs without winning records. Either Dallas, Memphis or Phoenix will probably end the season with records better than the 3rd place team in the East, but one of them will not make the playoffs.

Will the NBA change the playoffs to allow the top 10 teams, after the 6 division winners, make the playoffs?

NBA Playoffs

Below is a table that shows the remaining schedule for the 1st to 9th position in the West. Enjoy. Below the table is the way tie-breakers are determined, according to ESPN.

Here’s a few other sites you can check about the playoffs.

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
San Antonio Oklahoma City LA Clippers Houston Portland Golden State Dallas Memphis Phoenix
SAS OKC LAC HOU POR GSW Dal MEM PHO
Record 59-17 55-20 54-23 50-25 49-28 47-29 46-31 45-31 45-31
Win % 0.776 0.733 0.701 0.667 0.636 0.618 0.597 0.592 0.592
GB 5th 0.0 3.5 5.5 8.5 10.5 12.0 13.5 14.0 14.0
Home 30-8 32-7 31-6 30-8 27-10 25-13 25-14 14-24 25-14
Away 29-9 23-13 23-17 20-17 28 22-16 21-17 21-17 20-17
Div. 10-3 11-5 10-4 9-4 12-3 10-5 9-5 3-11 7-8
Conf. 35-11 33-14 33-14 27-18 26-21 27-19 26-21 26-22 25-21
Last 10 9-1 7-3 7-3 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-4 7-3
GAMES LEFT TO PLAY
Total 6 6 5 7 5 6 5 6 6
Home 3 1 4 3 4 3 2 3 3
Away 3 5 1 4 1 3 3 3 3
> 500 5 3 2 2 2 2 3 4 4
≤ 500 1 3 3 5 3 4 2 2 2
Div. 3 0 2 3 1 1 2 2 1
Conf. 6 5 5 7 4 6 5 4 6
vs.plyof 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
SOS 0.547 0.505 0.497 0.475 0.482 0.443 0.526 0.535 0.579
Teams in 9th place now show as “vs. plyof” (vs. playoff team) above.
=Conf. game =Div’n game Red =Ply’of team
Date SAS OKC LAC HOU POR GSW DAL MEM PHO
4/5 NCAA Semi-Final
4/6 vs Mem at Pho vs LAL vs Den vs NOH vs Utah at Sac at SAS vs OKC
0.592 0.592 0.329 0.434 0.421 0.316 0.355 0.776 0.733
4/7 NCAA Final
4/8 at Min at Sac at LAL at Utah
0.592 0.355 0.329 0.316
4/9 at LAC vs OKC at Den vs Sac vs Mia at NOH
0.701 0.733 0.434 0.355 0.693 0.421
4/10 at Dal vs Den vs SAS
0.597 0.434 0.776
4/11 vs Pho vs NOH at Min at Utah at LAL vs Phi vs SAS
0.592 0.421 0.507 0.316 0.329 0.224 0.776
4/12 vs Sac vs NOH vs Pho at Dal
0.355 0.421 0.592 0.597
4/13 at Ind vs GSW at Por at LAL
0.688 0.618 0.636 0.329
4/14 at Hou at NOH vs SAS vs Min at Pho vs Mem
0.667 0.421 0.776 0.507 0.592 0.592
4/15 vs Den
0.434
4/16 vs LAL vs Det at Por at NOH vs LAC at Den at Mem vs Dal at Sac
0.329 0.355 0.636 0.421 0.701 0.434 0.592 0.597 0.355
Date SAS OKC LAC HOU POR GSW DAL MEM PHO

In the event two or more teams are tied in the standings, a series of tiebreakers are applied to determine which team receives the higher seeding.

Two-Team Tiebreaker:

1. Division winner (this criterion is applied regardless of whether the tied teams are in the same division)

2. Better record in head-to-head games

3. Higher winning percentage within division (if teams are in the same division)

4. Higher winning percentage in conference games

5. Higher winning percentage against playoff teams in own conference

6. Higher winning percentage against playoff teams in opposite conference

7. Higher point differential between points scored and points allowed

Three-Team Tiebreaker:

1. Division winner (this criterion is applied regardless of whether the tied teams are in the same division)

2. Best head-to-head winning percentage among all teams tied

3. Highest winning percentage within division (if teams are in the same division)

4. Highest winning percentage in conference games

5. Highest winning percentage against playoff teams in own conference

6. Highest point differential between points scored and points allowed

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