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11 games to pay-dirt, oh, I mean the playoffs! Well, for us that is pay-dirt. It isn’t gold, but it isn’t fool’s gold either.

The Grizzlies are sitting good with a 2 game lead over Houston (the one team we don’t want to end up tied with, as they have the tie-breaker over us). Then they have a 3 games over Phoenix (with the series win) and 3 over Utah (with a tied series 2-2, but Memphis has the tie breaker edge).

 

Can Denver be overtaken for 5th place finish? They survived their recent run against some of the leagues best. Now they have the easiest schedule left of the 5th to 11th group. So, I would say Denver has the 5th place spot all but locked. Portland, of course, would contest that and they are playing well enough to make you wonder.

New Orleans plays 8 games against the 5th to 11th group in their final 11 games and 10 of them have a +500 record. The Grizzlies could over take them. But do they want to do that and play probably the Lakers?

Memphis does have an easier SOS left escept for Denver and Houston. The next 3 games could be the make or break game for the Grizzlies. After running the gauntlet against Boson and Chicago away and then San Antonio at home they have a SOS left of 0.420.

Below is a table that shows the remaining schedule for 5th to 11th position. For the first two weeks I have the winning percentage for the opposing teams.

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

 

Place 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th
  Denver Portland New Orleans Houston Phoenix Utah
  Den PORT NOH MEM HOU PHO Utah
Record 42-29 41-30 40-31 39-32 37-34 35-34 36-35
Win % 0.592 0.577 0.563 0.549 0.521 0.507 0.507
GB 5th 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 6.0 6.0
Home 28-7 25-10 24-11 25-10 21-14 19-15 20-15
Away 14-22 16-20 16-20 14-22 16-20 16-19 16-20
Div. 8-4 8-5 8-4 5-8 4-9 8-6 6-7
Conf. 23-19 23-18 22-20 24-19 21-24 19-22 18-24
Last 10 7-3 7-3 5-5 6-4 7-3 4-6 4-6
    GAMES LEFT TO PLAY      
Total 11 11 11 11 11 13 11
Home 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Away 5 5 5 5 5 7 5
> 500 6 9 10 6 6 8 9
? 500 5 2 1 5 5 5 2
Div. 5 3 4 4 4 3 3
Conf. 10 9 10 9 7 13 11
SOS 0.495 0.620 0.553 0.512 0.496 0.533 0.580
      Remaining Schedule      
  =Conf’ence

game

  = Division

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  Teams in
playoffs
Date Den PORT NO MEM HOU PHO Utah
3/23 SAS     @Bos GSW Tor @OKC
0.814     0.725 0.423 0.286 0.652
3/24     @Utah       NOH
    0.507       0.563
3/25 Was SAS @Pho @Chi   NOH  
0.250 0.814 0.515 0.725   0.563  
3/26             Dal
            0.700
3/27   @OKC @LAL SAS @Mia Dal  
  0.652 0.714 0.814 0.686 0.700  
3/28   @SAS         Was
  0.814         0.250
  Den PORT NO MEM HOU PHO Utah
3/29         @NJN @Sac  
        0.319 0.246  
3/30 Sac @NOH Por GSW @Phil OKC  
0.246 0.563 0.571 0.423 0.514 0.652  
3/31              
4/1 @Sac OKC Mem @NOH SAS LAC LAL
0.246 0.652 0.549 0.563 0.814 0.380 0.714
4/2       Min      
      0.239      
4/3 @LAL Dal Ind   Atl @SAS @Sac
0.714 0.700 0.437   0.571 0.814 0.246
4/4              
4/5 OKC GSW   LAC Sac @Chi @LAL
0.652 0.423   0.380 0.246 0.725 0.714
4/6 @Dal   Hou   @NOH @Min  
0.700   0.521   0.563 0.239  
4/7   @Utah         Por
  0.507         0.571
4/8 @OKC LAL Pho Sac   @NOH  
0.652 0.714 0.515 0.246   0.563  
4/9 Min       LAC   @SAS
0.239       0.380   0.814
4/10     @Mem NOH   @Dal  
    0.549 0.563   0.700  
4/11 GSW   Utah   Dal Min @NOH
0.423   0.507   0.700 0.239 0.563
4/12   Mem   @Por      
  0.549   0.571      
4/13 @Utah @GSW @Dal @LAC @Min SAS Den
0.507 0.423 0.700 0.380 0.239 0.814 0.592
  Den PORT NO MEM HOU PHO Utah
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