NBA Playoff Picture: The last duel for number 1 in the West

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.

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.

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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