Sched Ahead Daily Update, Games of 3/17

Better results for us last night.  Also, Toronto wins and gets back to .500, so projections change slightly.

Yesterday's Update

Last Weekly Update


  1. OKC @ Charlotte.  Charlotte wins without G Wallace.  S Jackson 20 pts 5 rbs 5 asts, S Graham 19 pts (7-9 FG), R Felton 17 pts (7-10 FG) 7 asts, T Thomas 11 pts 9 rbs.  K Durant 26 pts (9-26 FG 0-7 3pt) 10 rbs, J Green 17 pts, N Collison 15 pts (6-8 FG), R Westbrook 15 pts (6-16 FG) 10 asts 5 to.  OKC 2-13 3pt, Charlotte 5-7 3pt.
  2. S.A. @ Orlando.  Back to back for S.A., Orlando wins easily.  V Carter 24 pts 8 asts, R Lewis 20 pts, D Howard only 24 minutes, J Nelson only 20.  R Jefferson 20 pts, M Ginobili 18 pts.  T Duncan 5 pts (1-10 FG, worst of his career) in 25 minutes.  FG% Orlando 52%, S.A. 42%. 
  3. Chicago @ Dallas.  Big lead for Dallas in the first half, held on for the win.  C Butler 27 pts, D Nowitzki 26 pts 7 rbs 5 asts, J Barea 15 pts 5 asts.  J Kidd 0-5 0 pts 3 to.  A Law 22 pts.  No D Rose, no L Deng, no J Noah, no wins in 9 games.  J Terry back for Dallas.
  4. Memphis @ Houston.  Houston wins.  A Brooks 31 pts (11-14 FG, 7-7 3pt), L Scola 20 pts, K Martin 18 pts.  Z Randolph 30 pts 15 rbs, R Gay 14 pts.  FG% Houston 53% Memphis 43%.  Best Memphis can do is 49 wins, if they win all the rest, and they lost the tie-breakers.  They will not win all the rest, and Portland and S.A. will both win at least 47 games.  Memphis is dead.  Four straight wins for Houston, who are still in with a slight chance.
  5. Minnesota @ Utah.  Utah wins easily.  P Millsap 21 pts 11 rbs, K Korver 20 pts, C Boozer 19 pts 11 rbs, D Williams 9 pts 11 asts.  A Jefferson 17 pts 8 rbs, C Brewer 17 pts, R Gomes 11 pts 6 rbs 6 asts.  Injuries for Utah -- D Williams sprained left ankle, bruised shoulder getting MRI, A Kirilenko reaggravated strained left calf, W Matthews strained left knee.
  6. N.O. @ G.S.  G.S. hit 9 three pointers in the fourth quarter to come from behind and win.  A Tolliver 30 pts 6 rbs 4 st, M Ellis 28 pts 13 asts 4 st, R Williams 22 pts (18 in 4th quarter), C Hunter 17 pts 8 rbs.  D West 36 pts 15 rbs, D Collison 20 pts 14 asts 6 rbs 8 to, M Peterson 17 pts, M Thornton 14 pts.  S Curry DNP ankle.

Chasing Pack Game by Game Table -- Remaining Games

Sorted by difficulty, with road games against elite teams (top four in each conference) grouped together, then road games against playoff contenders, then home games against elites, home games against contenders, and road and home games against bottom feeders.  Second of back to back games in italics, opponents on the second of a back to back in bold, both teams on a back to back in both bold and italics.  The more games in the top part of the table, the tougher the schedule, the more white space up high the easier the schedule.

Portland Houston New Orleans Memphis
at Denver at Boston at Denver at Orlando
at L@kers at Utah at Dallas
at Denver
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at New Orleans at Chicago at Memphis at Milwaukee
at OKC at OKC at Houston at San Antonio
at Phoenix at San Antonio at Oklahoma City
at Memphis
at Phoenix
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vs Dallas vs Boston vs Dallas vs Dallas
vs Dallas vs L@kers vs Cleveland
vs Utah vs L@kers
vs Utah
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vs Oklahoma City vs Charlotte vs Portland vs New Orleans
vs New Orleans vs Charlotte vs Houston
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at Sacramento at NYK at New Jersey at Sacramento
at Clippers at Indiana at Golden State
at Sacramento
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vs Washington vs Clippers vs Washington vs Golden State
vs New York vs Washington vs Minnesota vs Philadelphia
vs Golden State

Teams Just Ahead Game by Game Table -- Remaining Games 

Portland San Antonio Oklahoma City Phoenix Utah
at Denver at Atlanta @ Boston at Utah at L@kers
at L@kers at Boston @ Dallas
at L@kers @ Utah
at Denver
at Dallas
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at New Orleans at Oklahoma City @ Portland at Chicago at Phoenix
at Oklahoma City at Phoenix @ Toronto at OKC at Toronto
at Phoenix at Milwaukee at Houston
at New Orleans
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vs Dallas vs LA Lakers vs Denver vs Utah vs Boston
vs Dallas vs Cleveland vs LA Lakers vs Denver
vs Orlando
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vs Oklahoma City vs Memphis vs Phoenix vs Portland vs New Orleans
vs Houston vs Memphis vs San Antonio vs Oklahoma City
vs San Antonio vs Houston vs Phoenix
vs Houston
vs Portland
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at Sacramento @ Sacramento @ Golden State @ Golden State at Indiana
at Clippers @ New Jersey @ Philadelphia @ New Jersey at Washington
@ Indiana @ Detroit at Golden State
@ Minnesota
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vs Washington Minnesota vs Minnesota vs New York vs New York
vs New York Golden State vs Golden State
vs Golden State


  1. L.A.  60.2 wins (up from 60.0).   
  2. Dallas.  55.8 wins (up from 55.3). 
  3. Denver.  55.1 wins (down from 55.2).
  4. Utah.  53.1 wins (down from 53.3).
  5. Phoenix.  50.3 wins (up from 50.2 in 6th).  
  6. OKC.  50.2 wins (down from 51.1 in 5th).
  7. Portland.  49.0 wins (up from 48.9).
  8. S.A.  48.2 wins (down from 48.6).
  9. Houston.  43.6 wins (up from 42.9).
  10. Memphis.  42.6 wins (down from 42.8).
  11. N.O.  39.2 wins (down from 39.9).


  1. N.O. @ Denver.  Cat 4 "Rocky Road" back to back for N.O., Cat 1 "Cream Puff" for Denver.

In the top 9 teams in the West, every team has won at least 7 of their last ten games.

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