No Gravatar

The Grizzlies are in 3rd by a winning percentage margin of 0.001, even though the Nuggets are only 5 games back of the Spurs and the Grizzlies are 5.5 back, just as the Clippers are.  Standings are based on winning percentage during the season.  Of course, Memphis, Denver and LA Clippers are in a virtual tie for 3rd.

The schedule for the rest of March is somewhat in Denver’s favor as they play only 4 games, 2 home-2 away. Meanwhile the Clippers play 5 games, 1 H & 4 A, and 3 +500 teams. The Grizzlies play 6 games, 2 H & 4 A, & 3 +500 teams.  Memphis has played 3 less games than Denver and 2 less than LAC, but by the end of March the Grizzlies will have played only 1 less game.

The Grizzlies have the hardest schedule in April of these three teams.  To keep the 3rd spot will be difficult for our guys in Beal Street Blue, but I believe that they can do it.  Because LAC will be a division winner, they cannot fall worse than 4th, no matter what their winning percentage is compared to Memphis and Denver.  Since Denver won the series battle against Memphis, it means for the Grizzlies to get 3rd or 4th they have to end with a better record than the Nuggets.  It won’t be easy, but it is possible.  Check out all the playoff schedule facts below.

Notes about series

Top 5 teams’ series standings
Denver beat Memphis 3-1
Memphis beat Oklahoma City 2-1
LA Clippers are 2-1 against Memphis with 1 game to play  on 4-13 @MEM
San Antonio is 2-1 against Memphis with 1 game to play on 4-01 @MEM
Denver beat LA Clippers2-1
Oklahoma City beat LA Clippers 3-0
San Antonio is 2-1 against Oklahoma City with 1 game to play on 4-04 @OKC
LA Clippers are 2-1 against San Antonio with 1 game to play on 03-29 @SAS
 
 6th to 9th place teams’ series standings
 Utah beat LA Lakers 2-1
 Houston beat Golden State 3-1
 Houston beat Utah 3-1
 Houston is 2-1 against LA Lakers with 1 game to play on 4-17 @LAL
 Golden State and Utah are tied 1-1 with 1 game to play on 4-7 @GSW
 LA Lakers are 2-0 against Golden State with 2 games to play on 3-25 @GSW & 4-12 @LAL

 

  SAS OKC MEM LAC Den GSW HOU LAL Utah
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
  San Antonio Oklahoma City Memphis LA Clippers Denver Golden State Houston LA Lakers Utah
  SAS OKC MEM LAC Den GSW HOU LAL Utah
Record 52-16 50-19 46-21 47-22 48-22 39-31 37-31 36-33 34-34
PCT 0.765 0.725 0.687 0.681 0.686 0.557 0.544 0.522 0.500
GB 0.0 2.5 5.5 5.5 5.0 14.0 15.0 16.5 18.0
Home 29-4 30-5 27-8 27-8 31-3 22-10 23-10 23-11 24-9
Away 23-12 20-14 19-13 20-14 17-19 17-21 14-21 13-22 10-25
Div. 12-2 7-5 6-5 8-5 9-5 7-5 5-8 6-6 5-5
Conf. 29-12 33-12 26-15 27-14 31-11 21-20 18-23 19-22 19-21
Last 10 7-3 7-3 8-2 6-4 10-0 6-4 6-4 7-3 3-7
      GAMES LEFT TO  PLAY        
Total 14 13 15 13 12 12 14 13 14
Home 8 6 6 6 7 9 8 7 8
Away 6 7 9 7 5 3 6 6 6
+.500 10 6 7 6 5 4 7 7 6
≤ 500 4 7 8 7 7 8 7 6 8
TotB2B 2 3 3 4 2 1 3 2 2
Div. 2 4 5 3 2 2 3 4 6
Conf. 11 7 11 11 10 9 11 10 12
SOS 0.565 0.487 0.485 0.490 0.509 0.476 0.507 0.511 0.512
  SAS OKC MEM LAC Den GSW HOU LAL Utah
        March          
Date SAS OKC MEM LAC Den GSW HOU LAL Utah
3/22 vs Utah at ORL at NOR       vs CLE vs WAS at SAS
  0.500 0.261 0.333       0.324 0.358 0.765
3/23     vs BOS vs BKN vs SAC vs WAS      
      0.537 0.588 0.362 0.358      
3/24 at HOU vs POR         vs SAS   at DAL
  0.544 0.471         0.765   0.471
3/25     at WAS   at NOR vs LALs   at GSW vs PHI
      0.358   0.333 0.522   0.557 0.382
3/26       at DAL          
        0.471          
3/27 vs DEN vs WAS at NYK at NOR at SAS vs SAC vs IND at MIN vs PHO
  0.686 0.358 0.606 0.333 0.765 0.362 0.618 0.348 0.333
3/28               at MIL  
                0.507  
3/29 vs LAC at MIN vs HOU at SAS vs BKN   at MEM   at POR
  0.681 0.348 0.544 0.765 0.588   0.687   0.471
3/30   at MIL at MIN at HOU   vs POR vs LAC at SAC vs BKN
    0.507 0.348 0.544   0.471 0.681 0.362 0.588
3/31 vs MIA                
  0.791                
Date SAS OKC MEM LAC Den GSW HOU LAL Utah
        March Totals        
W-L 7-2 8-4 8-3 6-3 11-0 6-6 6-3 7-3 4-6
Remain. 5 5 6 5 4 4 5 5 6
Home 4 2 2 1 2 4 4 1 3
Away 1 3 4 4 2 0 1 4 3
B2B 0 1 2 2 0 0 1 2 1
SOS 0.640 0.389 0.454 0.540 0.512 0.428 0.615 0.426 0.502
+.500 4 1 3 3 2 1 4 2 2
  SAS OKC MEM LAC Den GSW HOU LAL Utah
        April Totals        
Remain. 9 8 9 8 8 8 9 8 8
Home 4 4 4 5 5 5 4 6 5
Away 5 4 5 3 3 3 5 2 3
B2B 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 0 1
SOS 0.523 0.548 0.506 0.459 0.508 0.500 0.446 0.564 0.519
+.500 6 5 4 3 3 3 3 7 4
  SAS OKC MEM LAC Den GSW HOU LAL Utah
Tagged with →  
Share →

2 Responses to In 3rd By The Slimmest Margin

  1. chriskf1No Gravatar says:

    I don’t see how the Grizzlies will stay ahead of the Nuggets if Denver never loses again. Denver is basically the Walking Dead right now. They’ve played 2 games in the past week that they absolutely should have lost (@CHI and last night vs. PHI) and managed to pull out miraculous, crazy wins both times.

    They. Cannot. Be. Killed.

    And like the zombies that they are, the only way to kill them appears to be to cut their head off. And by “cut their headoff” I mean stop their PGs. Andre Miller (a zombie in his own right) has played a prominent role in their winning streak and last night, without Ty Lawson, the Nuggets were soundly beaten by a very pedestrian 76er team on the 2nd night of a back-to-back for 47 minutes and 50 seconds.

    Even though they play a very different style, Denver has a similar DNA to the Grizz (team-oriented, few “stars,” candid/blunt old-school coach) so, relative to other Western Conference teams not from Memphis, I like cheering for them. But, God they are really pissing my off these past couple of weeks. Lose a game already!

    • CarlCRNo Gravatar says:

      Yes, Denver seems unstopable, but I think that the Grizzlies can win the remainder of their March games. That would put them at 52-21 and if Denver wins out they are 52-22. It would come down to April’s games.

Leave a Reply