The Fight for 5th Seed
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  1. Herr
    Posts: 643

    Posted 03/13/2011 11:59 PM

    So, besides the fight for the 2nd seed in the West, the fight for the 5th seed in the Western Conference is also one of the more entertaining ones, especially because there are, in my opinion, 3 teams that can claim the 5th spot.  Denver, Portland, and New Orleans.

    Viewing Portland's schedule, it is home heavy, especially in April, but the weakest team is Cleveland.  They still have two matchups against the top 3 teams in the Western Conference (2 against each of them).  However, this team proved they are capable of winning against any team, but also proved they are capable of losing to any team.

    Their remaining schedule is...

    Upcoming Games
    March Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
     Tue 15  vs Dallas   7:00pm  KGWHD    
     Thu 17  vs Cleveland   7:00pm  CSNNWHD    
     Sat 19  vs Philadelphia   7:00pm  CSNNWHD    
     Sun 20  @ LA Lakers    6:30pm  KGWHD    
     Tue 22  vs Washington   7:00pm  CSNNWHD    
     Fri 25  vs San Antonio   7:00pm  KGWHD    
     Sun 27  @ Oklahoma City    5:00pm  KGWHD    
     Mon 28  @ San Antonio    5:30pm  CSNNWHD    
     Wed 30  @ New Orleans    5:00pm  CSNNWHD    
    April Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
     Fri 01  vs Oklahoma City   7:00pm  CSNNWHD    
     Sun 03  vs Dallas   6:00pm  CSNNWHD    
     Tue 05  vs Golden State   7:00pm  CSNNWHD    
     Thu 07  @ Utah    7:30pm      
     Fri 08  vs LA Lakers   7:00pm  KGWHD    
     Tue 12  vs Memphis   7:00pm  CSNNWHD    
     Wed 13  @ Golden State    7:30pm  CSNNWHD    


    Next up is the Denver Nuggets.

    They are currently 2 games ahead of the 7th seed position, who is third in posistion in these three teams.  However, the Nuggets have the worse road record of the playoff teams, but have one of the best home records.  They are also 7-2 since their trade.  3 of those games have come against playoff teams, however all 3 of those were at home.  One was against Boston, who played 9 players, and bench was filled with "bench warmers".  The others were against the Hawks and Charolette.  Their two loses have come on the road.  They are 2-2 on the road since the trade.  The two loses have come against Portland and the Clippers.  The two wins have come against Phoenix and Utah.

    Their remaining schedule is very road heavy.  7 of their 9 road games are against playoff contenders.  5 of them are against higher seeded teams.  The other two are against Atlanta and New Orleans.  Their home schedule is favorable. The only tough teams are really San Antonio and OKC.  Their easiest road game is against Utah.

    Upcoming Games
    March Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
     Mon 14  @ New Orleans    6:00pm  Altitude    KRWZ AM 950
     Wed 16  @ Atlanta    5:00pm  Altitude    KRWZ AM 950
     Fri 18  @ Orlando    5:00pm  Altitude    KRWZ AM 950
     Sat 19  @ Miami    5:30pm  Altitude    KCKK AM 1510
     Mon 21  vs Toronto   7:00pm  Altitude    KRWZ AM 950
     Wed 23  vs San Antonio   8:30pm  Altitude    KRWZ AM 950
     Fri 25  vs Washington   7:00pm  Altitude    KRWZ AM 950
     Wed 30  vs Sacramento   7:00pm  Altitude    KRWZ AM 950
    April Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
     Fri 01  @ Sacramento    8:00pm  Altitude2    KRWZ AM 950
     Sun 03  @ LA Lakers    1:30pm      KRWZ AM 950
     Tue 05  vs Oklahoma City   7:00pm  Altitude    KCKK AM 1510
     Wed 06  @ Dallas    6:30pm  Altitude    KRWZ AM 950
     Fri 08  @ Oklahoma City    6:00pm  Altitude2    KRWZ AM 950
     Sat 09  vs Minnesota   7:00pm  Altitude    KRWZ AM 950
     Mon 11  vs Golden State   7:00pm  Altitude    KRWZ AM 950
     Wed 13  @ Utah    6:00pm  Altitude    KRWZ AM 950

    Next up is the Hornets, who are 38-29, and have played 1 more game than Both Portland and Denver.  They are the streakest team in the league.  Their upcoming schedule contains about half and half, and is probably the easiest of these three teams.  However, in my opinion, the Hornets are the weakest of the 3 teams, and each game is hardly predictable.  Their remaining schedule could be difficult if Phoenix and Utah are still in the playoff race, as they face them fairly soon and both those teams want a spot, and beating the Hornets is likely their best chance of getting one.  They play both Portland and Denver once.  They are 2-1 against Portland, and 2-0 against Denver.  A win against Portland secures the tie breaker between both these teams, which is crucial for them.

    Their remaining schedule is...

    Upcoming Games
    March Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
     Mon 14  vs Denver  Marriott  7:00pm  CST    KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM
     Wed 16  vs Phoenix  Marriott  7:00pm  CST    KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM
     Sat 19  vs Boston  Marriott  7:00pm  CST    KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM
     Thu 24  @ Utah    8:00pm  CST    KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM
     Fri 25  @ Phoenix    9:00pm  CST    KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM
     Sun 27  @ LA Lakers    8:30pm  CST    KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM
     Wed 30  vs Portland  Marriott  7:00pm  CST    KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM
    April Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
     Fri 01  vs Memphis  Marriott  7:00pm  CST    KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM
     Sun 03  vs Indiana  Marriott  6:00pm      KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM
     Wed 06  vs Houston  Marriott  7:00pm  CST    KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM
     Fri 08  vs Phoenix  Marriott  7:00pm  CST    KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM
     Sun 10  @ Memphis    5:00pm  CST    KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM
     Mon 11  vs Utah  Marriott  7:00pm  CST    KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM
     Wed 13  @ Dallas    7:00pm  CST    KMEZ 106.7 / WEMX 94.1 FM

    Which team will be 5th seed?  My guess is Portland.
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  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 03/14/2011 3:06 AM

    All three teams games are tough so I say the team that doesn't lose more than two games in a row will get the 5th seed since the race is so tight.
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