Playoff Picture: March 31st
By sarahhecht Posted in: playoffs
Following the loss last night in New Orleans the Trail Blazers are now in 7th place in the West.
We have an identical record with the Hornets at (43-32) which moves us to the tiebreaker. New Orleans holds the season series over Portland (3-1) so they take the lead. Bummer.
Not only did our position in the standings change, but our playoff matchup of the moment shifted to the Los Angles Lakers. Ick. That’s not something I’m happy about. What do you think?
The good news is the change could be jumbled again tonight with the outcome of the Mavericks vs. Lakers game. A Dallas win would move them into 2nd in the West and drop Los Angeles to 3rd. That result means a playoff matchup with the Mavs again. Sigh.
Two good games tonight on TNT, Boston vs. San Antonio and Dallas vs. Los Angeles. I’ll be watching them both, will you?
Last night's scores and effects:
The Houston Rockets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 97-108
in Philadelphia. The Rockets did the Trail Blazers a big favor by losing last night, their losses contribute to the speed at which we clinch a playoff berth. But in turn they hurt their own chances of playing in the post season. Houston is still in 9th in the West. They’re three full games behind Memphis in 8th.
The Golden State Warriors fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 91-110
in Memphis. With the Rockets quickly closing on them, the Grizzles needed a win last night to keep some distance. They did just that and widened the gap with Houston to three full games. They remain in 8th in the West.
The Portland Trail Blazers were defeated by the New Orleans Hornets 91-95
in New Orleans. This one hurt the Trail Blazers. The loss brought New Orleans to a tie with Portland. They hold the head-to-head tiebreaker which caused them to jump into 6th place and the Trail Blazers to fall to 7th.
The Sacramento Kings were defeated by the Denver Nuggets 90-104
in Denver. The Nuggets maintained their 5th seed. They sit five games behind Oklahoma City in the 4th seed and two and a half games ahead of New Orleans in the 6th seed.
The Oklahoma City Thunder squashed the Phoenix Suns 116-98
in Phoenix. Stick a fork in Phoenix, they’re done. They haven’t been officially eliminated from playoff contention, but at five and a half games out of 8th, they’re hopes are dwindling. The Thunder are still in 4th in the Western Conference.
The Dallas Mavericks beat the LA Clippers 106-100
in Los Angeles. Dallas held on to the 3rd spot in the West and closed the gap to the Lakers in 2nd to only half a game.
Tonight’s games with Western Conference potential playoff teams:
Boston Celtics (51-22) vs. San Antonio Spurs (57-17) on TNT
San Antonio will stay in 1st in the West with a win or a loss. I’ve been saying this for a while now and it’s been true, but that situation might change soon. The Spurs have been on a skid lately and only have a three and a half game lead over the Lakers who have been on a roll. A Spurs loss paired with a Lakers win would close that gap to two and a half games.
Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Lakers (53-20) on TNT
This game has movement implications for both teams. The Lakers currently sit in 2nd in the West with the Mavs a half a game behind them in 3rd. A win for Dallas would move them up into 2nd and the Lakers down into 3rd. I’m rooting for the Mavs in this one, a win would make them our first round matchup again.
Here are the playoff match-ups as of today:
(Tables courtesy of NBA.com)