Apr 01

Playoff Picture: April 1st

By sarahhecht Posted in: playoffs
It’s another big game for the Trail Blazers.

New Orleans, Portland and Memphis are all within one game of each other. All three teams play tonight and the matchup between the Hornets and the Grizzles makes the movement scenarios a tangled mess, so here goes.

    -   Portland wins, Hornets win- standings remain the same, Portland in 7th
    -   Portland wins, Memphis wins- Portland moves to 6th (Memphis and NOLA tie and                      NOLA wins the tiebreaker for 7th)
    -   Portland loses, Hornets win- standings remain the same, Portland in 7th
    -   Portland loses, Memphis wins- all three teams are tied with identical records and                   winning percentages
               -   tiebreaker applied is the “better winning percentage in all games among the                              tied teams” (via the NBA Operations Manual 2010-2011)
               -   Portland is (2-4) vs NOLA and Memphis
               -   NOLA is (5-2) vs Memphis and Portland
               -   Memphis is (2-3) vs Portland and NOLA
               -   final standings with this outcome: New Orleans in 6th, Memphis in 7th,                                   Portland in 8th

Wow, like I said, a mess.

To put it simply, we NEED a win.

Last night's scores and effects:

The  Boston Celtics beat the  San Antonio Spurs 107-97  in San Antonio. With the defeat last night the Spurs are on a five-game losing streak. Even with the loss San Antonio still holds the first seed in the Western Conference, but the LA Lakers are closing on them fast. The Spurs lead has been cut to only two and a half games.

The  Dallas Mavericks lost to the  LA Lakers 82-110 in Los Angeles. Ejection city. In a game that was much closer than the score shows there were five ejections! Jason Terry of the Mavs got  a little ticked with Laker Steve Blake which resulted in a scuffle. The big win for the Lakers kept them in 2nd in the West and closed the gap to 1st to only two and a half games. The Mavs still hold 3rd in the Western Conference.

Tonight’s games with Western Conference potential playoff teams:

 Memphis Grizzlies (42-33) vs.  New Orleans Hornets (43-32)
With the 6th-8th seeds only separated by one full game both the Hornets in 6th and the Grizz in 8th need a win tonight. A win for New Orleans would give them a full two game lead over the Grizzlies and they would stay ahead of the Trail Blazers. A win for the Grizz coupled with a Portland loss would move them into 7th. (See above for the crazy details of this scenario.)

 San Antonio Spurs (57-18) vs.  Houston Rockets (39-36) A Rockets loss will help the Trail Blazers on the road to clinching a playoff berth. The Spurs are on a five-game losing streak so a win for them is imperative. With the Lakers nipping at their heels and only two and a half games behind them San Antonio desperately needs to get back on track.

 LA Clippers (29-46) vs.  Phoenix Suns (36-38)
Technically Phoenix is still in the playoff race, but they’re falling fast. The Suns sit five and a half games out of the 8th seed. If Portland wins or Phoenix loses the Suns will be eliminated from playoff contention.

 Oklahoma City Thunder (50-24) vs.  Portland Trail Blazers (43-32) A win tonight could result in a change in the standings for the Trail Blazers, as could a loss. Portland currently sits in 7th in the Western Conference. (See above for all of the movement scenarios.) A Portland win tonight would also eliminate both the Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz.

 Denver Nuggets (45-29) vs.  Sacramento Kings (21-53)
Denver will remain in 5th in the Western Conference with a win or a loss. The Sacramento Kings have been eliminated from playoff contention.

 LA Lakers (54-20) vs.  Utah Jazz (36-39) The Lakers are pushing for 1st place in the Western Conference. They currently sit in 2nd at two and a half games behind San Antonio. A win for LA tonight paired with a loss for San Antonio would close the gap to only one and a half games. Utah currently sits in 11th at six full games out of the 8th seed. A Portland win or a Utah loss will eliminated the Jazz from playoff contention.

Here are the playoff match-ups as of today:

(Tables courtesy of


  1. Wow, that IS a mess! This just might be the MUST WIN game of the season so far!!

    by SisillaRiann on 4/1/2011 10:08 AM
  2. However it plays out I just want to be sure the Blazers don't meet LA in the first round. We've been unable to beat them this year and I'm afraid a first round meeting would have us out. I'd love to see us play SA in the first round

    by Holly Belgarde on 4/1/2011 10:41 AM
  3. See Miss Sarah: I told you all the scenarios was just too mind blogging. Tonight is not the end of it as if we win tonight, we still have Dallas, the Lakers, and the Grizzlies let alone any upsets that may happen just to hold onto any position that we get at the moment. Which is 6Th to 8Th. Plus we don't know where the Lakers and the Spurs will end up and OKC is just 2.5 games behind the Mavs. Therefore, I think I will re-state my opinion from yesterday and just try to get into the play-offs by winning the games we can and say poohy on the other games played. They won't cooperate anyway.

    Great blog Miss sarah see you on the talk chalk show, I hope.

    by Hg on 4/1/2011 10:48 AM
  4. Holly Belgarde: there is no way we can be sure that we don't meet LAL, because 1 though 8 is not set yet. If we drop to 8, LAL might move to first. If we move to sixth Dallas might drop to 5th or up to 2Nd. What a headache.

    by Hg on 4/1/2011 10:51 AM
  5. I definitely don't want to play the Lakers in the first round. Yuck! This is certainly a tight, messy and tense finish to our season. All we can do is hold on tight to our seats and watch what happens, which is both torture and fortunate, as we should leave it to the professionals - our Blazers!

    by Anees on 4/1/2011 11:22 AM
  6. wow, it's really coming down to the wire. not that i'm saying we should worry about the seeding or opponent, but a win over the thunder slows their persuit of the mavs. if we don't want to face the thunder in the first round, then we should take this opportunity to keep them in the fourth spot (highly unlikely we won't earn the fifth seed. of course, we should win to help ourselves, but that fits with our goal. the rest will likely take care of itself in these past couple of weeks.

    by Kassandra on 4/1/2011 1:01 PM
  7. SARAH!!!! I just found out I will be done working around 5:30 - ugh I could of worked - now I am trying to score a ticket for tonight - hope to see you later :)

    by Dio Freeman on 4/1/2011 3:17 PM
  8. Good luck! I hope to see you there!

    by sarahhecht on 4/1/2011 3:19 PM
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