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Post-Ups: Playoff Positioning

Posted on: April 13, 2010 12:17 pm
We know the Lakers (1) will play the Thunder (8) and the Magic (2) will play the Bobcats (7) in the first round. We don't know anything else yet.

Here's what's yet to be decided, and how:


* By virtue of beating Oklahoma City Monday night -- an impressive accomplishment without Brandon Roy -- the Trail Blazers are just about locked into the No. 6 seed. They can clinch it by beating Golden State on Wednesday night. If that happens, the Spurs will be the No. 7 seed regardless of whether they beat Dallas Tuesday night.

* Dallas will be assured the No. 2 seed (and a likely first-round matchup with the Spurs) if Denver beats Phoenix or of Utah loses to Golden State.

* Denver can wrap up the No. 3 spot by beating Phoenix Tuesday night. The Jazz and Suns would then be a lock as the 4-5 matchup, with home-court advantage to be determined when Utah hosts Phoenix Wednesday night.

* If the Nuggets don't beat Phoenix Tuesday night, the Suns and Jazz would have a path to the No. 3 seed. Phoenix would get it with wins over Denver and Utah. The Jazz would get it by beating Golden State and Phoenix.


* Chicago gets the No. 8 seed with wins over the Celtics and Bobcats and a Toronto loss to the Knicks. A Celtics loss to the Bulls also would give the Hawks the No. 3 seed and the Celtics the No. 4.

* Miami clinches the No. 5 seed with a win over New Jersey (duh) or a Milwaukee loss to Boston on Wednesday.
Category: NBA

Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2010 11:14 am

Post-Ups: Playoff Positioning

As a Suns fan, I am hoping for a loss to the Jazz tonight.  I prefer the 4 seed against Denver right now.  They are playing badly with George Karl out for chemo treatment.    If the Suns move up the the 3 seed they would have to play Portland whom they seem to struggle with.

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2010 1:27 am

Post-Ups: Playoff Positioning

srgordon: Jazz fans got two out of 4 tonight. Jazz have the upper hand tomorrow. Need a big game from SA

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2010 12:19 am

Post-Ups: Playoff Positioning

That would be true but Boston holds the ultimate tie breaker because they won their division.

Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2010 11:09 pm

Post-Ups: Playoff Positioning

You will be watching a Magic / Mavericks final

Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2010 9:34 pm

Post-Ups: Playoff Positioning

Forgot about that. Thanks.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2010 8:53 pm

Post-Ups: Playoff Positioning

Except that division winners (e.g., the Celtics) win in a tie breaker of non-divison winners (e.g., Hawks).  So if its tied between Celtics and Hawks, Celtics get the higher seed. 

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2010 8:13 pm

Post-Ups: Playoff Positioning

it wont be. The lebron-kobe show wont happen this year. Maybe never?Cleveland will most likely loose to Orlando or Atlanta-Lakers will loose to Denver, Dallas, Phoenix- whoever out there?
Would be nice to see a few of the Championships between the 2- but will not happen

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2010 8:04 pm

2nd in the West

Don't forget that the Jazz can still get the 2nd seed in the west, although all the chips would have to fall right:

Jazz beat Warriors
Suns beat Nuggets
Spurs beat Mavericks
Jazz beat Suns

At that point the Jazz and Mavericks are tied, both are Division Champions, and the Jazz hold the tiebreaker over the Mavericks.

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2010 6:46 pm

Post-Ups: Playoff Positioning

If Boston ties ATL they will get the 3 seed because they are the divison leader in the Atlantic.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2010 6:45 pm

Post-Ups: Playoff Positioning

This has to be the least intense playoff race in the history of sports.  The buildup to an even less intense post-seasn is killing me!  I can't wait for the Finals 2 months from now!

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