Apr 06

Playoff Picture: April 6th

By sarahhecht Posted in: playoffs
The Trail Blazers clinched a playoff berth in the Rose Garden last night!

In a backwards sort of way Portland guaranteed their tickets to the post-season based on a loss by the Houston Rockets.

There’s not much to say about the ugly game against the Golden State Warriors. Mike Barrett’s recap A Missed Opportunity tells the story of the odd night around the league.

The team is traveling to Utah today. Tomorrow they face-off with the Jazz to start the final back-to-back of the season.

The most important game to watch tonight is New Orleans vs. Houston. A Hornets win will guarantee them a playoff berth, while a Houston win will keep their playoff aspirations alive.

Last night's scores and effects:

The  San Antonio Spurs defeated the  Atlanta Hawks 97-90 in Atlanta. The Spurs took another step ahead of the Lakers. With 1st place in their pocket, San Antonio increased their lead to three and a half games due to the Lakers loss.

The  LA Clippers stunned the  Memphis Grizzlies 82-81 in Memphis. The Grizzlies loss is reason to smile in Rip City. They stayed stuck in 8th in the Western Conference. Had they won they’d have jumped the Trail Blazers in the standings. So good news there.

The  Sacramento Kings toppled the  Houston Rockets 104-101 in Houston. Thank you Houston! The Rockets loss resulted in the Trail Blazers clinching a playoff berth. They’re still in 9th in the West at three full games out of the post-season.

The  Oklahoma City Thunder downed the  Denver Nuggets 101-94 in Denver. As promised this game was a battle. Both teams kept the same playoff spots. Oklahoma City is in 4th and Denver is in 5th.

The  Golden State Warriors beat the  Portland Trail Blazers 108-87 in Portland. We’re going to forget this game happened. Portland remains in the 6th seed in the Western Conference. The bright side? The Trail Blazers clinched a playoff berth by virtue of the Houston loss.

The  Utah Jazz shocked  LA Lakers 86-85 in Los Angeles. In another Western conference surprise the Lakers fell to three and a half games behind the Spurs in 1st. They’re still in 2nd in the West and if the post-season started today their opponent would be the New Orleans Hornets.

Today’s games with Western Conference potential playoff teams:

 Houston Rockets (41-37) vs.  New Orleans Hornets (44-33) This is a defining game for the Rockets. They can’t be eliminated from the playoff race, but a loss would mean any future loss or Memphis win would bounce them from the post-season. New Orleans will clinch a playoff berth with a win.

 LA Clippers (31-47) vs.  Oklahoma City Thunder (51-26)
Oklahoma City is pushing for the 3rd seed in the West. They’re in 4th, but only trail Dallas by two full games. A win tonight paired with a Dallas loss will close the gap to only one game.

 Sacramento Kings (23-54) vs.  San Antonio Spurs (59-19) The Spurs continue their reign as the 1st seed in the West. A win will help them maintain their three and a half game lead over the Lakers. A loss could see that gap shrink.

 Denver Nuggets (47-30) vs.  Dallas Mavericks (53-24)
The Nuggets and Mavericks maintain their playoff seeds regardless of outcome. Dallas is in 3rd and Denver is in 5th.

 LA Lakers (55-22) vs.  Golden State Warriors (34-44) The Lakers continue their push for 1st place. They’re in 2nd place and trail the Spurs by three and a half games. A win tonight coupled with a San Antonio loss will see that gap closed to two and a half games.

Here are the playoff match-ups as of today:

(Tables courtesy of


  1. Miss Sarah:

    One error you listed the Mavs as 4th and at third. Of course I will forgive the confused thoughts.

    Now, if NO wins tonight they would go ahead of the Blazers momentarily and guarantee a play-off birth, is that right?

    I will difinitely be rooting for Houston, but would have rather have won that forgetable game.

    Thanks for the update

    by Hg on 4/6/2011 12:17 PM
  2. @Hg, that's correct. A NOLA win tonight will move them into 6th and bump the Trail Blazers too 7th. This is because NOLA holds the season series over Portland.

    (Thanks for catching the flub on the Mavs.)

    by sarahhecht on 4/6/2011 1:16 PM
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