I’ve taken a look at the possible draft scenarios, so let’s now take a look at the other fairly confusing bunch of scenarios, the seeding scenarios in the Western Conference.
Seven of the eight teams in the NBA Western Conference have one game remaining (Hornets have two).
I’ll give you the two most likely scenarios, and then I’ll explain the various tie-breakers (and where each team stands, because there are quite literally far too many unlikely possibilities to address).
IF ALL TEAMS WIN OUT (except Spurs win the only head-to-head among the eight teams, against Jazz)
IF ALL TEAMS WIN OUT (except Jazz win the only head-to-head among the eight teams, against Spurs)
So as you can see, that game against the Spurs and Jazz is extremely important.
Okay, otherwise, here are the notable tie-breakers:
- Lakers own the tie-breaker over New Orleans and San Antonio, either together or separate, so the only way the Lakers can lose the #1 seed is if they lose their game and New Orleans wins both their games.
- Denver owns the tie-breaker over Dallas, so Dallas, who is one game ahead of Denver, has to stay one game ahead of Denver to assure them of the #7 seed. This is going to be difficult, as Dallas plays New Orleans in their last game, while Denver plays Memphis. Still, if New Orleans beats the Clippers and the Lakers beat the Kings, the last game won’t matter for New Orleans, which would help Dallas.
- If New Orleans and San Antonio lose out, we’ll see a stunning FIVE-TEAM tie!! The Hornets, Spurs, Jazz, Rockets and Suns would all be tied. In this scenario, you determine the division winners first, and they get the #2 and #3 seed, respectively, which would be the Jazz at #2 and the Hornets at #3. The Suns would then win the tie-breaker between the remaining three teams, and the Spurs would win the tie-breaker with the Rockets.
So that’d give us an astonishing:
This is extremely unlikely, though, as it involves the Clippers winning a game, which is not going to happen, but hey, who knows for sure?
Here are the head to head records for the teams that could be tied:
3-1 or 2-2 Spurs
3-1 New Orleans
Divison Record: 8-8
2-2 or 1-3 Utah
2-2 New Orleans
Divison Record: 10-6
In any event, the first two scenarios listed are the only two likely ones, but we shall see!!
Here are the remaining scheduled games:
Tue, Apr 15 Sacramento
Tue, Apr 15 LA Clippers
Wed, Apr 16 at Dallas
Wed, Apr 16 Utah
Wed, Apr 16 at San Antonio
Wed, Apr 16 LA Clippers
Wed, Apr 16 Portland
Wed, Apr 16 New Orleans
Wed, Apr 16 Memphis