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Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 10:59 pm
hoopitup wrote:I took the analysis one step further, breaking the schedules down in March versus April.
I look at the next 2 weeks as critical for the W's. Between now and the end of March, three of the other four teams play significantly more games than the Ws:
Minn: 8 games left in March (4, 1, 3) **
Clips: 8 games left in March (4, 2, 2)
NO/OK: 7 games left in March (4, 1, 2)
Sac: 5 games left in March (2, 2, 1)
Ws: 5 games left in March (5, 0, 0)
**Using the format of classifying opponents as Playoff Bound, Fighting for Playoffs, or Out of playoffs, I've noted that breakdown in parentheses above (for example, Minnesota has 4 games against playoff bound teams, 1 against teams fighting for the final spot, and 3 games against a team out of the playoffs)
Clearly the Ws have the toughest March schedule in terms of quality of opponent.
Then, in April, the teams will have this breakdown:
Minn: 10 games left, 6 home/4 road (5, 4, 1)**
Clips: 9 games, 5 home/4 road (5, 3, 1)
NO/OK: 9 games, 4 home/5 road (3, 4, 2)
Sac: 11 games, 6 home/5 road (7, 3, 1)
Ws: 9 games, 4 home/5 road (4, 2, 3)
So Sacramento and Minnesota have an advantage in April with 6 home games still left. But it seems the the Warriors and NO/OK have the easiest April schedules, and Sacramento has the toughest. So, if the W's can be in the 8th spot or within a game of it coming out of March, they should be in very good shape. We need to see Minnesota, the Clips, and NO/Ok rack up the losses this month as they play pretty heavy schedules, and hopefully the Ws can manage to get at least 2, ideally 3, wins out of their next 5.
excellent analysis. I would add that the only teams playing decent ball of the other 4 fighting for 8th seed are Clips and Kings. Minny and NOK are pretty much done and last night's game pretty much finished off the sonics. If Ws can come out of March 35-38, they will be in the driver's seat.
Very nice analysis. The team has the upper hand right now and only they can stuff it. TWolves, Hornets, Clips and Kings are all still in it, just too many games left still. Kings, if Artest steps up, are the ones that look the most dangerous. TWolves could rise up but it will be a change from what has happened recently. Clipper just have been a surprise to most (not to me as I picked that they would not be as good before the season) and they wil likely not rise up.
the team has to continue as they have and they won't have to rely on other teams losing to get in
migya make the ring fall on ya