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February was good month for Memphis.  They had a 9-2 record, but they only played 3 teams with winning records and they had 7 home games.  The Clippers had an 8-5 record in February, which means the Grizzlies gained 2 games on them.  Denver had an 8-4 record, so the Grizzlies gained 1.5 games on them.  That makes for a good month.  But, March could be another story.

March could be a killer for the Grizzlies in the playoff standings.  Starting off against the Heat (who are really hot), plus there is the road trip when the Grizzlies play 4 games in 5 nights.  March 12 at POR(0.456), March 13 at LAC(0.700) then March 15 at DEN(0.627), March 16 at Utah(0.534).   Even with these 5 games, Memphis has one of the  lowest March SOS at 0.487 of the present top 8 teams.  Only Golden State has a lower SOS for March.

A closer look at the March schedule shows that the Grizzlies play 17 games, 11 of them away, and 8 of them with winning records.  The Grizzlies have the most away games of any of the top 8 West teams.  If Memphis can survive or even thrive in March they should stay in 4th place.  Keep in mind that of the Clippers 7 games against winning teams, 4 of them are at home.  Denver plays 9 teams with winning records 6 at home and 3 away.   So, as far as the March schedule goes, the Clippers and Nuggets have the advantage over the Grizzlies.  We play Den. and LAC once on that taxing road trip the middle of March.

I think that the Grizzlies will end March in 4th place and because the April schedule is also difficult for the Grizzlies they will have to play their best to hold on to 4th.   ( FYI. Some have asked, I plan to update this each Friday with the next 7 games) (Top 8 teams in Western conference are in red on the schedule.)

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 6th 5th 7th 8th
San Antonio Oklahoma City LA Clippers Memphis Denver Golden State Utah Houston
SAS OKC LAC MEM Den GSW Utah HOU
Record 45-14 42-15 42-18 38-18 37-22 33-25 31-27 31-28
GB 0.0 2.0 3.5 5.5 8.0 11.5 13.5 14.0
Home 22-3 26-4 23-6 23-8 24-3 18-7 21-8 19-9
Away 23-11 16-11 19-12 15-10 13-19 15-18 10-19 12-19
Div. 11-2 6-3 8-4 5-5 6-5 6-5 5-4 4-7
Conf. 25-10 29-8 27-10 20-13 24-11 18-18 18-19 13-20
Last 10 7-3 7-3 8-2 8-2 6-4 3-7 5-5 5-5
GAMES LEFT TO PLAY
Total 23 25 22 26 23 24 24 23
Home 16 11 12 10 14 16 12 13
Away 7 14 10 16 9 8 12 10
+.500 13 13 9 12 12 9 12 9
≤ 500 10 12 13 14 11 15 12 14
Div. 3 7 4 6 5 3 7 5
Conf. 17 15 15 19 17 14 15 19
SOS 0.522 0.514 0.496 0.491 0.526 0.480 0.514 0.472
SAS OKC LAC MEM Den GSW Utah HOU
February
W-L 8-3 7-4 8-5 9-2 8-4 4-8 6-6 6-5
Date SAS OKC LAC MEM Den GSW Utah HOU
March
3/1 vs SAC at DEN at CLE at MIA vs OKC at BOS vs CHA at ORL
0.339 0.627 0.345 0.745 0.737 0.526 0.228 0.276
3/2 at PHI
0.393
3/3 vs DET at LAC vs OKC at ORL vs DAL
0.383 0.700 0.737 0.276 0.439
3/4 vs ATL vs TOR at MIL
0.589 0.397 0.500
3/5 vs LAL at SAC
0.492 0.339
3/6 vs CHI vs MIL vs POR vs SAC at CLE at DAL
0.569 0.500 0.456 0.339 0.345 0.439
3/7 at NYK at DEN vs LAC
0.630 0.627 0.700
March Totals
Games 14 17 14 17 15 16 16 14
Home 12 7 7 6 9 11 7 9
Away 2 10 7 11 6 5 9 5
SOS 0.524 0.496 0.520 0.487 0.540 0.469 0.513 0.498
+.500 8 8 7 8 9 6 8 7
Date SAS OKC LAC MEM Den GSW Utah HOU
April Totals
Games 9 8 8 9 8 8 8 9
Home 4 4 5 4 5 5 5 4
Away 5 4 3 5 3 3 3 5
SOS 0.519 0.552 0.454 0.497 0.499 0.503 0.517 0.432
+.500 5 5 2 4 3 3 4 2
Date SAS OKC LAC MEM Den GSW Utah HOU
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