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2019 Playoff Picture
« on: January 29, 2019, 04:21:18 PM »
14 out of 20 teams will make the playoffs:
- The top-5 seeds in each conference
- 4 Wild-Card spots, which are the 4 next best teams regardless of conference
- The 1st Seed in each Conference will be rewarded with a 1st Round BYE


Updated Monday February 11th, 2019 (3 matchup weeks remain until playoffs begin)

Western Conference:
1. Los Angeles Lakers (17-0-0)
2. Houston Rockets (12-3-2)
3. Denver Nuggets (13-4-0)
4. Portland Trail Blazers (12-5-0)
5. Minnesota Timberwolves (10-7)

Eastern Conference:
1. Philadelphia 76'ers (13-4-0)
2. New York Knicks (12-4-1)
3. Milwaukee Bucks (12-5-0)
4. New Orleans Pelicans (11-6-0)
5. Charlotte Hornets (9-8-0)


Wildcard Race:
1. Phoenix Suns (8-8-1)
2. Utah Jazz (6-11-0)
3. Golden State Warriors (6-11-0)
4. Indiana Pacers (5-12-0)
5. Boston Celtics (5-12-0)
6. Dallas Mavericks (4-13-0)
7. Sacramento Kings (4-13-0)
8. Atlanta Hawks (4-13-0)
« Last Edit: February 11, 2019, 07:24:03 PM by WestCoastExpress »

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Re: 2019 Playoff Picture
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2019, 04:25:15 PM »
Figured with the trade deadline a week and a half away, and playoffs starting in just over a month, it's time to post the standings each week so everyone knows where they stand.

As of right now there's a solid battle going on for the 4 wildcard spots!

There is also a solid battle going on at the top of both conferences for the 1st place seed.
The Denver Nuggets are currently playing (and leading) the LA Lakers which could make the West a tight race to the finish if Denver can hold them off.
In the East, NYK is right behind the top two teams, so there are 3 teams there fighting for that 1st place seed and NOP is right in the mix if they can win out the rest of the way.

The Wildcard certainly is interesting, with all 6 of those teams having a realistic shot at making playoffs! Still lots of time to go in the season (5 matchups including this week's) so anything can still happen!


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Re: 2019 Playoff Picture
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2019, 04:42:18 PM »
Good stuff! Should be a tight race to finish for sure for the wild card spots. I think it is somewhat safe to say top 5 in each conference probably won't change just maybe the ranking- though enough time for some upsets to happen. I also wouldn't sleep on a few of these wild cards potentially causing an upset come playoffs. 

The 5-4 close lose to LA a couple of weeks ago still stings would have gave me a small shot at a bye (especially if LA loses this week). Denver winning would at least give them a shot at Bye. Also big week for C's against me this week if they pull off the win it really bumps their wild card chances.


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Re: 2019 Playoff Picture
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2019, 10:14:30 AM »
Shouldn’t the 7-7-1 Suns be in the Wildcard race?

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Re: 2019 Playoff Picture
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2019, 01:59:02 PM »
It should be interesting.  I'm glad my Pelicans didn't fall off too much after the AD trade and the emergence of Okafor has helped lessen the blow of not having AD.  If I can get LeVert into the lineup, I'm liking the Pels chances of upsetting some of the more complete teams out there. 
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Re: 2019 Playoff Picture
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2019, 06:11:58 PM »
Shouldn’t the 7-7-1 Suns be in the Wildcard race?

Whoops, totally missed that. Sorry Greg!

Phoenix is definitely in the wildcard race and probably a lock for a playoff spot unless they lose out!

(Would have caught it with updating things next week, but still, big oops!)

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Re: 2019 Playoff Picture
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2019, 07:05:00 PM »
Updated Standings with 4 weeks of matchups left to go.

Interesting, as everyone in the East won and kept pace so no movement there.

Wildcard got a little more interesting with all 5-win teams losing and not picking up any ground, giving those 4-win teams a shot to catch up still.


Big match-ups in the Wildcard race this week include:

:IND-NBA: (5-11-0)  vs.  :GS: (5-11-0)
:UT: (5-11-0)  vs.  :DAL-NBA: (4-12-0)

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Re: 2019 Playoff Picture
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2019, 07:33:59 PM »
Updated Standings with 3 Weeks Remaining in the Regular Season.


Couple of big wins for both GSW and UTA last week to gain ground in the Wildcard race.
BOS lost a close one to of all teams, CHI which stings, and puts them in a tie for that last wildcard slot.


This week's match-ups are tough all-around for those Wildcard teams trying to make up ground, as all of their opponents are ranked higher than them in the standings. Should be an interesting week!

 

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