19 to go – Schedule not in Grizzlies favor

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With 19 games to play the Grizzlies need to start playing like a contender,
or it will be a quick exit. Currently standing in 6th place, they could easily
fall to 7th if they play like they did against Dallas and Houston in their last
2 games. The only reason Memphis isn’t in 7th place is that OKC has lost 2 in a
row to sub 500 teams.

Of the 4th to 7th place teams, the Grizzlies have the 2nd hardest remaining
schedule playing 10 teams at or over 500.  Utah’s schedule is harder, but
OKC and the Clippers have much easier remaining schedules.

For Memphis to move ups to 4th seems hard as they are down 3 games in the
loss column to Utah and 2 games to the Clippers in the loss column.

Where do you think the Grizzlies will end in the standings?

Which position do you think would be best for the Grizzlies? Best for me
would be 4th, of course, but 5th means playing Utah probably. 6th place puts
against Houston.

According to NBA rules, home court (an important factor in where a team finishes) will be
decided according to record and tie breakers.

Link to
Playoff match-ups on ESPN with tie breaker rules at bottom of page.

Remaining Schedule of 3rd to 7th teams
in Western Conference standings
Games against 500+ teams highlighted yellow
HOU UTA LAC Mem OKC
Standing 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
Tot. Gms 19 20 20 19 20
>500 8 11 8 10 7
Home 10 8 12 11 10
Away 9 12 8 8 10
GB GSW 7.5 13.0 14.0 15.5 16.0
Record 44-19 38-24 37-25 36-27 35-27
SOS 0.5199 0.5445 0.4937 0.5203 0.4976
5-Mar @Sac @Dal
5-Mar 0.410 0.410
6-Mar @SA NO Bos Brook
6-Mar 0.787 0.387 0.645 0.164
7-Mar Port
7-Mar 0.426
8-Mar Utah @Hou @Min
8-Mar 0.613 0.698 0.403
9-Mar @Mem LAC SA
9-Mar 0.571 0.597 0.787
10-Mar @Chi
10-Mar 0.500
Date HOU UTA LAC Mem OKC
11-Mar @OKC Phi Atl Utah
11-Mar 0.565 0.371 0.548 0.613
12-Mar Cle
12-Mar 0.689
13-Mar LAC @Utah Mil
13-Mar 0.597 0.613 0.459
14-Mar @Brook
14-Mar 0.164
15-Mar LAL @Det Mil @Chi
15-Mar 0.306 0.484 0.459 0.500
16-Mar @Cle @Den @Atl @Tor
16-Mar 0.689 0.452 0.548 0.587
17-Mar @NO
17-Mar 0.387
18-Mar @Den @Chi Cle SA Sac
18-Mar 0.452 0.500 0.689 0.787 0.410
19-Mar
19-Mar
20-Mar Den @Ind NY GS
20-Mar 0.452 0.516 0.397 0.823
21-Mar @LAL @NO
21-Mar 0.306 0.387
22-Mar NY Phi
22-Mar 0.397 0.371
23-Mar @Dal @SA
23-Mar 0.410 0.787
24-Mar NO
24-Mar 0.387
25-Mar @LAC Utah
25-Mar 0.597 0.613
26-Mar OKC Sac @GS @Hou
26-Mar 0.565 0.410 0.823 0.698
27-Mar NO @Sac @Dal
27-Mar 0.387 0.410 0.410
28-Mar GS
28-Mar 0.823
Date HOU UTA LAC Mem OKC
29-Mar @Sac Wash Ind @Orl
29-Mar 0.410 0.600 0.516 0.371
30-Mar @Port @Pho
30-Mar 0.426 0.323
31-Mar @GS Wash Dal SA
31-Mar 0.823 0.600 0.410 0.787
1-Apr LAL
1-Apr 0.306
2-Apr @Pho @SA @LAL Char
2-Apr 0.323 0.787 0.306 0.435
3-Apr
3-Apr
4-Apr Port @SA Mil
4-Apr 0.426 0.787 0.459
5-Apr Den Dal OKC @Mem
5-Apr 0.452 0.410 0.565 0.571
6-Apr
6-Apr
7-Apr Det Min NY @Pho
7-Apr 0.484 0.403 0.397 0.323
8-Apr @Port @SA
8-Apr 0.426 0.787
9-Apr @Sac Det @Den
9-Apr 0.410 0.484 0.452
10-Apr @LAC @GS Hou
10-Apr 0.597 0.823 0.698
11-Apr @Min
11-Apr 0.403
12-Apr Min SA Sac Dal Den
12-Apr 0.403 0.787 0.410 0.410 0.452
Date HOU UTA LAC Mem OKC

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