Playoff Picture: April 9th
By sarahhecht Posted in: playoffs
BEAT LA! BEAT LA! BEAT LA!
Last night the Rose Garden was rocking and I’m willing to bet Trail Blazers fans everywhere are still riding the emotional wave from pounding the L.A. Lakers. I know I am!
Portland got down to business and looked like a playoff ready team. Read Mike Barrett’s recap Blazers Run Away From Lakers
for all the juicy details.
The eight teams representing the Western Conference are set. Now it’s the fight for seeding. Second through 4th is a mess, as is 6th through 8th. What are your predictions? Or preferences? After last night I wouldn’t be surprised to see more people at ease with facing the Lakers in the first round, though I'm not one of them.
Now it’s a three-day break before we host the Memphis Grizzlies in the Rose Garden on Tuesday.
Rest up Blazer fans. The next few weeks will be filled with playoff adrenaline and the 6th man needs to be out in full force.
Last night's scores and effects:
The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Sacramento Kings 101-96
in Memphis. The Grizzlies clinched a playoff berth and sit in the 8th seed in the Western Conference. They trail New Orleans by one full game.
The New Orleans Hornets topped the Phoenix Suns 109-97
in New Orleans. The Hornets held their 7th seed in the West. They're behind the Trail Blazers by half a game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder downed the Denver Nuggets 104-89
in Oklahoma City. The Thunder sit in 4th in the West and trail Dallas by one full game. The 2nd through 4th seeds are only separated by two full games. It’s not too late for combinations of wins and losses to jumble their seeding.
The Dallas Mavericks defeated the L.A. Clippers 107-96
in Dallas. The Mavs snapped their four-game losing streak. They’re in 3rd in the West. In the middle of a seeding battle they trail the Lakers in 2nd by one full game and lead the Thunder in 4th by the same.
The Portland Trail Blazers pounded the L.A. Lakers 93-86
in Portland. BEAT LA! The Trail Blazers maintained the 6th seed in the Western Conference. They're behind Denver in the 5th seed by one and a half games and have a slight half game lead over New Orleans in 7th.
Today’s games with Western Conference playoff teams:
Utah Jazz (37-42) vs. San Antonio Spurs (60-19)
The Spurs are a lock for 1st in the Western Conference. They play today to keep a lead over Chicago in the East. San Antonio needs to have a better record to ensure home-court advantage should the two meet in the playoffs.
Minnesota Timberwolves (17-62) vs. Denver Nuggets (48-31)
Denver needs to bounce back after their loss last night to Oklahoma City. Win or lose they’ll stay in 5th in the West, but a loss closes their lead over the Trial Blazers to only one game.
Here are the playoff match-ups as of today:
(Tables courtesy of NBA.com)