NBA Playoff Picture: Latest battles for sowing

It remains less than a month in the regular season of the NBA and there is still much to be won, including the top two seeded and a three-team block for the home field advantage in the # 39; West. Below you will find everything you need to know about the situation as of Thursday, March 14th. The teams are ranked in order of ranking. This message will continue to be updated for the rest of the season as we follow.

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NOTE: Our SportsLine model, developed by predictive data engineer Stephen Oh, simulates 10,000 times the entire season to produce the most accurate and accurate projections possible.

CONFERENCE OF THE WEST

Fight for # 1

Warriors of the state of the gold (No. 1 seed)

Play without Kevin Durant, Golden State found the way with a 106-104 win over Houston on Wednesday night to keep its slim lead over Nuggets for first place in the west. They have some tough games ahead and a game against the Nuggets. the warriors They have made themselves heard for wanting the # 1 seed, if only as a goal to achieve because they give priority to a trough in the stretch.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: Three
  • SportsLine Projection: 86 percent to win the seed No. 1
  • Remaining games: 15 (eight road, seven at home)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .487 (13th in the league)
  • Three next games: at Thunder, at Spurs, against. Wolves of the woods
  • tiebreaker: Record 2-1 on Denver (only one game left)

Denver Nuggets (No. 2 seeds)

Denver has a tough run with 11 of its last 16 games against the current playoff teams. Mike Malone said that he was not even talking about the No. 1 seed with his team. they only keep their heads down until they reach the finish line. Frankly, seed n ° 1 is not as important for Nuggets because, as No. 2 seed, the only potential series in which they would not have the advantage of being at home is the final phase of the conference. If they succeed so far, they play anyway with money from home.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: Five
  • SportsLine Projection: 6.3 percent to win seed # 1
  • Remaining games: 16 (nine road, seven at home)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .536 (the ninth most difficult of the league)
  • Three next games: against. Mavericks. against. Pacers, at Celtics
  • tiebreaker: Currently, 2-1 Warriors are fighting (one game left)

Fight for the advantage of the field

Oklahoma City Thunder (No. 3 seeds)

The Thunder currently has the smallest lead over the No. 3 seed, but our forecasts are dropping to fifth. The Thunder have won big wins over Brooklyn and Utah in their last two outings, but things are getting complicated. Four of their next five are against the Pacers, the Warriors and Raptors two times. The good news is that their schedule, though against tough opponents, remains heavy at home.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: Seven
  • SportsLine Projection: 16 percent to win the third position, 46.7 percent to rank among the top four
  • Remaining games: 14 (nine at home, five on the road)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .580 (the third most difficult of the league)
  • Three next games: at Pacers, vs. Warriors, vs. Heat
  • tiebreaker: Breaker of equality on Houston and Portland

Houston Rockets (No. 4 seeds)

Houston is currently No. 4 in the West, but our projections place them at # 3 by the end of the season. West No. 3 is a swing seed, because whoever finishes there will avoid the Warriors – assuming he finishes No. 1 – until the final of the conference, while the 4 to 5 seeds will have to fight for the right to see Golden State in round 2.

Eric Gordon recently stated that he believes that the rockets are the only team capable of shooting Golden Stateand he may be right in that no one has given the Warriors so much trouble in the last two years. The Rockets are 3-1 against the Warriors this season and 8-6 over the past two years, including the seven WCF matches last season. One thing to keep in mind: Houston can not win the deciding match against OKC or Portland if this match ends in a dry heat, which it could do very well. The Rockets have already lost both series of the season.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: Seven
  • SportsLine Projection: 38.5 percent to win the third position, 82.8 percent to rank among the top four
  • Remaining games: 14 (seven home, seven road)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .462 (seventh easiest in league)
  • Three next games: against. Suns, against Timberwolves, to falcons
  • tiebreaker: I've already lost the deciding match against OKC and Portland

Portland Trail Blazers (No. 5 seeds)

The Blazers are currently in fifth place, but according to their predictions, Portland, winner of two wins in a row, holds the tiebreaker on Houston, but has already lost the decisive break against OKC. Again, coming in 3rd place would be the most important to avoid Golden State before the final phase of the conference. There is no other team in Portland that would have at least no chance to beat.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: Eight
  • SportsLine Projection: 21 percent to win the third position, 58.6 percent to rank among the top four
  • Remaining games: 15 (eight road, seven at home)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .490 (14th easiest in league)
  • Three next games: at pelicans, Spurs, vs Pacers
  • tiebreaker: Tiebreaker over Houston, tiebreaker against OKC

Round the field

San Antonio Spurs (No. 6 seeds)

The Spurs are currently No. 6 in the West, but our projections bring them back to No. 7, largely because of the ultra-loose calendar remaining at 7 seeds from Utah. The Spurs also have a pretty sweet and heavy schedule. They have already lost the tie-break in favor of Utah and hold a slight advantage over the Mowers (2-2 face-to-face) via a better conference report, which is far from cemented. San Antonio begins to heat at the right time after winning six consecutive wins, including wins over Bucks, Nuggets and thunder.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: ten
  • SportsLine Projection: 99.9% of players play in the playoffs, 4.4% in the first four places
  • Remaining games: 14 (eight home, six road)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .462 (seventh easiest in league)
  • Three next games: against. Knicks, vs Blazers, vs warriors
  • tiebreaker: Currently holds the tiebreaker on Clippers via a conference recording; breakage of equality already lost to Jazz

Utah Jazz (No. 7 seeds)

The Jazz is currently No. 7 in the West, but our projections reach No. 6 because they have the sweetest program in the league. But they must enjoy it. The last two defeats occurred in the pelicans and the Grizzlies. It is not excluded that Utah can compete with weak opponents and rank among the top four headliners. By entering Thursday, the Jazz are only three games back in the fourth-place loss column. At the same time, they are only four games up on No. 9 kings. They are probably arguing between 6-8 with Spurs and Clippers.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: 11
  • SportsLine Projection: 99.9 percent of the playoffs, 8.4 percent of the top four
  • Remaining games: 15 (eight home, seven road)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .414 (easier in league)
  • Three next games: Timberwolves, vs. netting, at magicians
  • tiebreaker: Equalizer on spurs and lawn mowers

Los Angeles Clippers (No. 8 seeds)

The Clippers have won five of six wins and continue to be one of the league's best stories, according to your point of view. If the Clippers qualify for the playoffs, they will lose their first-round pick of 2019, which is protected by a lottery, to the benefit of the Celtics. When they exchanged Tobias Harris for the Sixers, some thought they were looking to retire from the playoff race and go on to the lottery, which would allow them to keep that rank. This does not seem to be the case.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: ten
  • SportsLine Projection: 97.6 percent to make series
  • Remaining games: 13 (eight home, five road)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .467 (ninth easiest in league)
  • Three next games: against. bulls, vs Nets, vs Pacers
  • tiebreaker: I've already lost the deciding match against Jazz but loses the deciding match with the Spurs via a conference recording.

Outside, look in

Kings Sacramento (No. 9 seeds)

Sacramento is at 4.5 games back – three in the losing column – from the final playoff spot.

  • SportsLine Projection: 0.5% to make series
  • Remaining games: 16 (nine road, seven at home)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .476 (11th easiest in league)
  • Three next games: at Celtics, at 76ersbulls
  • tiebreaker: Tie on the Spurs, tie break at Clippers
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The James Harden Rockets will have to push Paul George and the Thunder for the 3-head West.
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Eastern Conference

Fight for seed # 1

Milwaukee Bucks (No. 1 seed)

The Bucks are the first team to reach 50 wins and have a relatively smooth schedule on the home stretch. One thing to consider: although the No. 1 seed in the East has an advantage on the ground, it could also make the path more difficult between the brackets. If Indiana were in third place while the other current top seeds hold, it would be the second-ranked Raptors who would be able to avoid the Bucks, the Sixers and the Celtics until the final of the conference, while the first in the standings, Milwaukee, could potentially go through two of these teams from the second round. If Indiana is not in Group 3, this scenario becomes irrelevant, but it must be monitored.

  • Magic number: Already got his place in the playoffs; four to win the top four
  • SportsLine Projection: 95 percent to get the seed No. 1
  • Remaining games: 14 (nine at home, five on the road)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .479 (12th easiest in league)
  • Three next games: at Heat, vs 76ers, vs Lakers
  • tiebreaker: Equalizer on the raptors

Toronto Raptors (No. 2 seeds)

The Raptors, already ranked in the top four seeded, have won four of their last seven games and, as mentioned above, could end up in the perfect second-seeded position if Indiana were to finish third. If that happened, the current seeds would pit the Raptors against Brooklyn and Indiana in the first two rounds, forcing them to go through one of – rather than two – Boston, Philly or Milwaukee – and not before the conference. final – for a trip to the NBA Finals.

  • Magic number: Already got his place in the playoffs; seven to win the top four
  • SportsLine Projection: 4 percent to get the seed # 1
  • Remaining games: 14 (nine at home, five on the road)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .479 (12th easiest in league)
  • Three next games: vs Lakers, at Pistons, vs. Knicks
  • tiebreaker: Breaker of equality on the Sixers, breakage of equality already against Bucks

Fight for the advantage of the field

Philadelphia 76ers (No. 3 seeds)

The Sixers look like a virtual lock to be among the top four. The key is to stay in the 3rd seed, which, if the current seeds were kept, would place them against Brooklyn in the first round. If the Sixers fall in 4th place, it will probably be a first-round match with Boston. It's a big difference.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: A
  • SportsLine Projection: 92.8 percent to rank among the top four heads, 1 percent to rank number 1
  • Remaining games: 14 (nine road, five at home)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .472 (10th easiest in league)
  • Three next games: vs Kings, at Bucks, at Hornets
  • tiebreaker: Tie on the Pacers, already lost tie-break at Bucks

Indiana Pacers (No. 4 seeds)

What the Pacers did in the absence of Victor Oladipo was really impressive, but the schedule turns to the killer from Wednesday, which will begin with a series of eight consecutive games against the current playoff teams.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: A
  • SportsLine Projection: 53.4 percent to get the top four
  • Remaining games: 14 (eight road, six at home)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .568 (fifth in the league)
  • Three next games: against Thunder, at Nuggets, at Blazers
  • tiebreaker: Already defeats born in front of the Sixers, series of the season with Boston tied 1-1, with two to play

Boston Celtics (No. 5 seeds)

Boston is currently the No. 5 seed in the East and, despite Indiana's long-term difficulties, our SportsLine projections have left the Celtics there to stay. Upon entering Thursday, Boston will follow Indiana's two games, but as mentioned above, there are two more games against Indiana. If Boston can get both, these projections will certainly change.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: Three
  • SportsLine Projection: 53.8 percent to get the top four
  • Remaining games: 14 (seven home, seven road)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .502 (14th most difficult of the league)
  • Three next games: vs Kings vs Hawks vs. Nuggets
  • tiebreaker: Decisive league on Sixers, season series with Indiana tied 1-1, with two to play

Round the field

Brooklyn nets (No. 6 seeds)

There is a clear cut to No. 6 seed Brooklyn being in fifth place behind Boston, with seven games in the losing round with 12 to play. It's a five-team race for the last three places, and Brooklyn should have enough cushion to hold despite his brutal schedule. That said, our SportsLine projections put them in 7th place behind Detroit because of this schedule.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: Eight
  • SportsLine Projection: 91.5 percent to make series
  • Remaining games: 12 (eight road, four at home)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .605 (the hardest part of the league)
  • Three next games: Jazz, at Clippers, at Kings
  • tiebreaker: Tight cut on the Pistons, run of the track season against Miami 2-1 with one to play

Detroit Pistons (No. 7 seeds)

The Pistons are currently in seventh place, but our screenings prompt them to skip the nets for the sixth seed at the end of the season.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: ten
  • SportsLine Projection: 95.8 percent to make series
  • Remaining games: 15 (eight home, seven road)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .506 (13th most difficult of the league)
  • Three next games: vs Lakers vs Raptors at Cavs
  • tiebreaker: Currently losing the tiebreaker in Miami via Heat as Division Head, already broken in favor of Nets

Miami heat (No. 8 seeds)

The Heat is currently No. 8 and our SportsLine forecasts have kept them. A tough stretch for Miami with dates against the Thunder, Spurs and Bucks twice in four out of five. Miami is fighting to keep Orlando and Charlotte at No. 9 and 10 to avoid the lottery. Our forecasts are pretty safe for the top seven seeds in the East, but this last place is much less safe for Miami, which has the seventh toughest schedule.

  • Magic number to win a playoff spot: 12
  • SportsLine Projection: 63.4 percent to make series
  • Remaining games: 15 (nine road, six at home)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .543 (the seventh most difficult of the league)
  • Three next games: vs Bucks vs. Hornets, to the thunder
  • tiebreaker: At the moment, the tiebreaker on Detroit and Brooklyn is currently behind Orlando 2-1 in playoffs of the season

Outside, look in

Orlando Magic (No. 9 seeds)

If the Magic are going to do something, it's now time for their next four games to be played at home against the Cavs, Hawks, Pelicans and Grizzlies. And the last game against Miami, March 26, is a virtual victory.

  • SportsLine Projection: 40.1% to make series
  • Remaining games: 13 (seven road, six road)
  • Strength of the remaining calendar: .459 (fifth easier in league)
  • Three next games: Cavs, vs Hawks, against pelicans
  • tiebreaker: Currently leading Miami 2-1 in the playoffs of the season

Charlotte Hornets (No. 10 seeds)

According to SportsLine forecasts, the No. 10 Hornets have only a 6.8% chance of playing in the playoffs. We will see them again next week if they can connect some wins and gain ground.

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