15 to go – Will Grizzlies rise? – 4th to 11th spots

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In the Western Conference standings and playoff position, we know the top 3 teams. The rest are slugging it out all the way down to the 8th spot with 4 teams hoping to claim the last spot.

Which teams have the most favorable remaining schedules with 15 or so games left?

The Grizzlies’ remaining schedule is harder than the Clippers and Thunder. Utah has the toughest remaining schedule of the 4th to 7th spots. Memphis is going to have to play much better if they have any ability to move up to 5th or 6th. I don’t think there is any chance they could fall to 8th place barring another 5 game losing streak.

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 Schedules of 4th to 11th positions
of teams in Western Conference standings
Games against 500 or better teams highlighted yellow
UTA LAC OKC Mem Den Port Minn Dal
Standing 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th
Record 42-25 40-27 38-29 37-30 32-35 29-37 28-38 28-38
Record PCT 0.627 0.597 0.567 0.552 0.478 0.439 0.424 0.424
GB 1st 11.0 13.0 15.0 16.0 21.0 23.5 24.5 24.5
Gms Left 15 15 15 15 14 15 16 16
SOS 0.5480 0.4867 0.5033 0.5391 0.5273 0.5204 0.4979 0.5168
>500 7 5 5 7 7 6 7 9
Home 6 10 7 7 5 9 5 6
Away 9 5 8 8 9 6 11 10
15-Mar @Det Mil @Chi  @SAS @Bos  @Was
15-Mar 0.493 0.485 0.478 0.788 0.627 0.621
16-Mar @Cle @Den @Tor @Atl LAC
16-Mar 0.667 0.478 0.582 0.552 0.597
17-Mar @Mia  @Phil
17-Mar 0.478 0.358
18-Mar @Chi Cle Sac SA HOU  @ATL
18-Mar 0.478 0.667 0.388 0.788 0.687 0.552
19-Mar  @Mia @NOP  @Brook
19-Mar 0.478 0.403 0.182
20-Mar @Ind NY GS  @HOU
20-Mar 0.507 0.397 0.791 0.687
21-Mar @LAL @NO Mil SAS GSW
21-Mar 0.299 0.403 0.485 0.788 0.791
22-Mar NY Phi Cle
22-Mar 0.397 0.358 0.667
23-Mar @Dal @SA NYK LAC
23-Mar 0.424 0.788 0.397 0.597
24-Mar  @Ind @LAL
24-Mar 0.507 0.299
Date UTA LAC OKC Mem Den Port Minn Dal
25-Mar @LAC Utah Min @Port Tor
25-Mar 0.597 0.627 0.424 0.439 0.582
26-Mar Sac @Hou @GS NOP  @LAL
26-Mar 0.388 0.687 0.791 0.403 0.299
27-Mar NO @Dal @Sac OKC
27-Mar 0.403 0.424 0.388 0.567
28-Mar  @Port Den @Ind
28-Mar 0.439 0.478 0.507
29-Mar @Sac Wash @Orl Ind  @NOP
29-Mar 0.388 0.621 0.353 0.507 0.403
30-Mar @Pho HOU LAL
30-Mar 0.328 0.687 0.299
31-Mar Wash SA Dal  @Char  @Mem
31-Mar 0.621 0.788 0.424 0.433 0.552
1-Apr LAL Pho Sac
1-Apr 0.299 0.328 0.388
2-Apr @SA Char @LAL  @Mia  @Mil
2-Apr 0.788 0.433 0.299 0.478 0.485
Date UTA LAC OKC Mem Den Port Minn Dal
3-Apr  @Min Port
3-Apr 0.424 0.439
4-Apr Port Mil @SA  @NOP  @Utah @GSW  @Sac
4-Apr 0.439 0.485 0.788 0.403 0.627 0.791 0.388
5-Apr Dal @Mem OKC  @HOU  @LAC
5-Apr 0.424 0.552 0.567 0.687 0.597
6-Apr Min @Port
6-Apr 0.424 0.439
7-Apr Min @Pho NY NOP @Utah SAS
7-Apr 0.424 0.328 0.397 0.403 0.627 0.788
8-Apr @Port @SA Utah
8-Apr 0.439 0.788 0.627
9-Apr @Den Det OKC @LAL  @Pho
9-Apr 0.478 0.493 0.567 0.299 0.328
10-Apr @GS Hou SAS
10-Apr 0.791 0.687 0.788
11-Apr @Min  @Dal OKC Den
11-Apr 0.424 0.424 0.567 0.478
12-Apr SA Sac Den Dal  @OKC NOP @Hou  @Mem
12-Apr 0.788 0.388 0.478 0.424 0.567 0.403 0.687 0.552
Date UTA LAC OKC Mem Den Port Minn Dal

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