NBA Playoff Picture, Magic Numbers: Hawks, Mavericks clinch
New York is eliminated as the Hawks clinch a playoff berth, while the Suns suffer a crushing loss to Dallas.
Results entering Sunday's games (April 13):
Clinched playoff berth: Indiana Pacers , Miami Heat , San Antonio Spurs , Oklahoma City Thunder , Los Angeles Clippers , Toronto Raptors , Chicago Bulls , Brooklyn Nets , Washington Wizards , Houston Rockets , Charlotte Hornets , Portland Trail Blazers , Golden State Warriors , Atlanta Hawks , Dallas Mavericks
Clinched division title, top-four seed: Pacers, Heat, Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Raptors
Clinched homecourt advantage, first-round: Pacers, Heat, Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Raptors, Bulls
Magic Numbers (combined wins and losses with closest non-qualifying team) for playoff berth:
Memphis Grizzlies : 2
Current matchups -- locked seed in cap:
Heat (1) vs. HAWKS (8)
Pacers (2) vs. Bobcats (7)
Bulls (3) vs. Wizards (6)
Raptors (4) vs. Nets (5)
SPURS (1) vs. Grizzlies (8)
Thunder (2) vs. Mavericks (7)
Clippers (3) vs. Warriors (6)
Rockets (4) vs. Trail Blazers (5)
East Nos. 1-2: Heat, Pacers
Sure. Miami beats the pants off the Pacers on Friday without Dwyane Wade , Wade comes back Saturday, and the Heat lose to the Hawks. Why not?
So the Heat have lost control of their own destiny for the No. 1 seed. They're tied with the Pacers who have clinched tiebreaker by conference record after the Heat loss. If the Pacers beat the Thunder and Orlando, they get home court. The scenarios:
If Indiana goes 2-0, they clinch the No. 1 seed.
If Miami goes 1-1, Indiana must go 1-1 to get the No. 1 seed.
If Miami goes 0-2, Indiana clinches the No. 1 seed.
For Miami to clinch the No.1 seed, they must go 2-0 and Indiana go 1-1 or 0-2, OR Miami must go 1-1 and IND must go 0-2.
Relevant games Sunday: Indiana takes on Oklahoma City for a 1PM ET game against the Thunder who are much, much better than them right now. It's a huge game for Indiana as stated above, but considering they haven't been able to be competitive with anyone good for weeks, you can't have much confidence in them.
East Nos. 3-5: Raptors, Bulls, and Nets (No action Saturday)
With a chance to clinch their first division title since 2007 and eliminate the New York Knicks ... the Raptors choked and lost. But never fear! The Nets lost in uninspired fashion to the Hawks, clinching the Atlantic Division for the Raptors and home court advantage in the first round.
The Bulls came from behind vs. Detroit, which puts them out of reach of Brooklyn, so... Brooklyn can finish no higher than fifth. They'll start the playoffs on the road. The Nets' magic number for the fifth seed is two.
Chicago also went a game up on the Raptors. Chicago's magic number for the third seed is three.
Relevant games Sunday: Toronto plays Detroit. The Raptors have clinched the division and home court in the first round. So they don't have a lot to play for, though the sixth seed is a much better matchup than facing Brooklyn in the first round.
Speaking of, Brooklyn plays Orlando. The Magic have been pesky lately. Brooklyn's magic number for the fifth seed is two. A win or Bobcats loss and they clinch no-worse-than-sixth.
The Bulls face the Knicks who have nothing left to play for. Chicago's magic number for the No. 3 seed is three.
East Nos. 6-7: Wizards, Bobcats
Both teams won Saturday against terrible teams.
If Washington goes 2-0, the Wizards get no worse than sxith.
If Washington goes 1-1, the Bobcats must go 2-0 for no-worse-than-sxith.
If the Wizards go 0-2, the Cats must go 1-1 for no-worse than sixth.
If the Cats go 0-2, the Bobcats clinch the seventh seed.
Relevant games Sunday: None.
East Nos. 8-9: Hawks, Knicks
It's over. The Knicks are eliminated. The Hawks have clinched the eighth seed.
The Hawks finished 2-2 against both Indiana and Miami in the regular season.
West Nos. 1-2: Spurs, Thunder, Clippers
The Spurs win over Phoenix on Friday clinched home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Thunder won Friday, so their magic number for the 2-seed is one. The Rockets loss clinched no worse than third for the Clippers.
The Clippers won. They're 2.5 games back with three to play for OKC.
If OKC goes 0-3, the Clippers can clinch the two-seed by going 2-0.
If OKC goes 1-2, 2-1, or 3-0, they clinch the No.2 seed.
Relevant games Sunday: OKC takes on Indiana. A win clinches the 2-seed for the Thunder.
West Nos. 4-6: Rockets, Blazers, Warriors
Houston barely got by the New Orleans Pelicans , so that's not exactly reassuring. But it's a win, and the Rockets' magic number for the fourth seed and homecourt is one.
Portland's magic number for no-worse than fifth is one.
The Mavericks have tied the Warriors in the wins column. It would take an epic collapse, but Golden State can finish as low as eighth.
Relevant games Sunday: Golden State plays Portland. A Portland win clinches no worse than fifth and a matchup with the Rockets for the Blazers.
A Golden State loss moves them a half-game ahead of Dallas for sixth.
West Nos. 8-9: Suns, Mavericks, Grizzlies
The Suns suffer back-to-back, devastating fourth-quarter collapses against San Antonio and Dallas and now their playoff hopes are on life support. Their tragic number is two. Any combination of two Grizzlies wins or Suns losses and Memphis clinches the final playoff spot.
Memphis can finish as high as sixth, the Suns can finish no higher than eighth.
Memphis and Phoenix play Monday.
Relevant games Sunday: Memphis plays the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Memphis can lose the game to Phoenix on Monday and still clinch a playoff berth with a win over Dallas, which likely would be resting starters Wednesday, if they beat the Lakers.
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