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Standings Perspective: Remaining Games

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We are entering the last quarter of the season and most teams have around 20 games left. The Spurs have 22. This is a look at the Western conference teams' schedules to highlight games against each other. Because the East still has some good teams, I figured I'd list them as well.

RECORDS AND REMAINING GAMES

Here are the Western playoff teams ranked by their loss column. "Eastern Elite" refers to Cleveland, Orlando, Boston, and Atlanta. "Other Notables" includes Toronto, Milwaukee, Houston, Memphis, and New Orleans. I was tempted to include Miami and Chicago, but didn't. I did include OKC's @ Charlotte game because Charlotte is so dominant at home. Western Playoff Teams and SEGABABA's should be self-explanatory.

1. Lakers (46-18) - 18 games left

Western Playoff Teams: @ PHX, @ SAS, @ OKC, UTH, SAS, @ DEN, POR
Eastern Elite: @ ATL
Other Notables: TOR, @ HOU, @ NO
SEGABABA's: @ SAC, @ HOU, @ MIN, @ LAC

2. Dallas (43-21) - 18 games left

Western Playoff Teams: @ POR, DEN, OKC, @ POR, SAS
Eastern Elite: BOS, ORL
Other Notables: CHI, @ NO, @ MEM, MEM
SEGABABA's: LAC, ORL, @ SAC

3. Denver (42-21) - 19 games left

Western Playoff Teams: @ DAL, POR, @ OKC, LAL, SAS, @ PHX
Eastern Elite: @ BOS, @ ORL
Other Notables: @ NO, @ MEM, @ HOU, NO, MIL, @ TOR, MEM
SEGABABA's: @ MEM, WAS, @ BOS, @ DAL, LAL, @ PHX

4. Utah (40-22) - 20 games left

Western Playoff Teams: @ OKC, @ PHX, @ LAL, OKC, PHX
Eastern Elite: BOS
Other Notables: @ MIL, NO, @ TOR, @ HOU, @ NO
SEGABABA's: @ DET, WAS, NO, @ WAS, @ HOU, PHX

5. Oklahoma City (38-24) - 20 games left

Western Playoff Teams: UTH, SAS, LAL, POR, @ DAL, @ UTH, DEN, PHX, @ POR
Eastern Elite: @ BOS
Other Notables: NO, @ CHA, @ TOR, HOU, MEM
SEGABABA's: SAS, @ BOS, MIN, DEN, @ POR

6. San Antonio (36-24) - 22 games left

Western Playoff Teams: @ OKC, LAL, @ LAL, @ PHX, @ DEN, @ DAL
Eastern Elite: @ CLE, @ ORL, @ ATL, CLE, @ BOS, ORL,
Other Notables: HOU, MEM
SEGABABA's: LAC, @ ORL, @ OKC, @ NJ, @ PHX, @ DEN

7. Phoenix (40-25) - 17 games left

Western Playoff Teams: LAL, UTH, POR, SAS, @ OKC, DEN, @ UTH
Eastern Elite: -
Other Notables: NO, @ MIL, HOU
SEGABABA's: @ GS, @ NJ, @ MIL, @ UTH

8. Portland (37-28) - 17 games left

Western Playoff Teams: @ PHX, DAL, @ OKC, @ DEN, DAL, @ LAL, OKC
Eastern Elite: -
Other Notables: TOR, @ NO
SEGABABA's: @ SAC, @ OKC, @ DEN, OKC

TOTALS

Western Playoff Teams, Eastern Elite, Other Notables, SEGABABA's

LAL: 7, 1, 3, 4
DAL: 5, 2, 4, 3
DEN: 6, 2, 7, 6
UTH: 5, 1, 5, 6
OKC: 9, 1, 5, 5
SAS: 6, 6, 2, 6
PHX: 7, 0, 3, 4
POR: 7, 0, 2, 4

(Western Playoff Teams + Eastern Elite + Other Notables + Bad Team SEGABABA's)/Games Remaining

LAL: 14 / 18 = .78
DAL: 13 / 18 = .72
DEN: 16 / 19 = .84
UTH: 14 / 20 = .70
OKC: 16 / 20 = .80
SAS: 16 / 22 = .73
PHX: 12 / 17 = .71
POR: 10 / 17 = .59

OBSERVATIONS

1. Denver, LA, and OKC should all fall some.

2. Portland looks really good and could close the gap.

3. If the Spurs can beat their eastern opponents, we will be looking amazingly good. It needs to start tonight against Cleveland.

4. Utah could rise, but it depends on winning their road games and their SEGABABA's.


As a Spurs optimist, these are my 1st round playoff predictions:

1 Lakers vs 8 Phoenix (Lakers in 6, but fail to dominate)

2 Dallas vs 7 Portland (Dallas dominate in 5)

3 Utah vs 6 Oklahoma City (OKC in 7 in an epic series, but Durant leads the team to the second round)

4 Denver vs 5 San Antonio (San Antonio in 6 where both teams dominate some games and get blown out in others, Spurs prevail on the road though winning game 2.)

I might copy and paste this at a later date and update the information so any suggestions or comments about the format or content would be appreciated. Thanks for reading.