17 more – Is 5th of 6th place possible?

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Once I had hoped the Grizzlies could finish 3rd or 4th, but now, like many
Memphis fans, I wonder if they can hold on the 7th. Can they turn things around
and challenge for 5th or 6th? Tonight’s game against Atlanta will show us they
have fixed or are fixing their problems.

The Grizzlies last 17 game schedule is the toughest of the 5th, 6th and 7th
place teams. They are 3 games behind the Clippers. They play more teams that are
over 500 and their remaining teams have an average winning percentage of 53.65%
while the Clippers and Thunder remaining teams average under 50% and only play 6
teams over 500 of their remaining 17 games.

Memphis plays San Antonio 3 times (once at home), Atlanta twice, Dallas twice
(both @home). They play OKC at home once and are down 1-2 in the series. They
have lost the series to the Clippers. Remember that better record in
head-to-head games is the tie breaker except for division winners.

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 OKC Mem
Standing 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
Record 45-21 41-24 39-26 36-29 36-29
Record PCT 0.682 0.631 0.6 0.554 0.554
GB GSW 7.5 11.0 13.0 16.0 16.0
Gms Left 16 17 17 17 17
SOS 0.4969 0.5509 0.4886 0.4912 0.5365
>500 5 9 6 6 8
Home 9 7 11 8 9
Away 7 10 6 9 8
11-Mar @OKC Phi Utah Atl
11-Mar 0.554 0.359 0.631 0.554
12-Mar Cle
12-Mar 0.667
13-Mar LAC @Utah Mil
13-Mar 0.600 0.631 0.484
14-Mar @Brook
14-Mar 0.172
15-Mar LAL @Det Mil @Chi
15-Mar 0.308 0.492 0.484 0.477
16-Mar @Cle @Den @Tor @Atl
16-Mar 0.667 0.462 0.585 0.554
17-Mar @NO
17-Mar 0.385
18-Mar @Den @Chi Cle Sac SA
18-Mar 0.462 0.477 0.667 0.385 0.781
19-Mar
19-Mar
20-Mar Den @Ind NY GS
20-Mar 0.462 0.508 0.400 0.800
Date HOU UTA LAC OKC Mem
21-Mar @LAL @NO
21-Mar 0.308 0.385
22-Mar NY Phi
22-Mar 0.400 0.359
23-Mar @Dal @SA
23-Mar 0.438 0.781
24-Mar NO
24-Mar 0.385
25-Mar @LAC Utah
25-Mar 0.600 0.631
26-Mar OKC Sac @Hou @GS
26-Mar 0.554 0.385 0.682 0.800
27-Mar NO @Dal @Sac
27-Mar 0.385 0.438 0.385
28-Mar GS
28-Mar 0.800
29-Mar @Sac Wash @Orl Ind
29-Mar 0.385 0.625 0.364 0.508
30-Mar @Port @Pho
30-Mar 0.444 0.323
31-Mar @GS Wash SA Dal
31-Mar 0.800 0.625 0.781 0.438
Date HOU UTA LAC OKC Mem
1-Apr LAL
1-Apr 0.308
2-Apr @Pho @SA Char @LAL
2-Apr 0.323 0.781 0.446 0.308
3-Apr
3-Apr
4-Apr Port Mil @SA
4-Apr 0.444 0.484 0.781
5-Apr Den Dal @Mem OKC
5-Apr 0.462 0.438 0.554 0.554
6-Apr
6-Apr
7-Apr Det Min @Pho NY
7-Apr 0.492 0.422 0.323 0.400
8-Apr @Port @SA
8-Apr 0.444 0.781
9-Apr @Sac @Den Det
9-Apr 0.385 0.462 0.492
10-Apr @LAC @GS Hou
10-Apr 0.600 0.800 0.682
11-Apr @Min
11-Apr 0.422
12-Apr Min SA Sac Den Dal
12-Apr 0.422 0.781 0.385 0.462 0.438
Date HOU UTA LAC OKC Mem

 

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