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Taking Care of Business: The Return


Well, kiddos, as promised, I have made time to revive the Taking Care of Business Projections for the remainder of the season for the playoff contenders (and pretenders) in the West

To remind everyone how this works, we take everyone's remaining games and assume the following:

Wins in every home game and wins vs. non-playoff teams from the East and non-Western contenders on the road.  Now, I know that seems really goofy, since clearly no one is going to do that, but it's just a way of looking at strength and home/away weighting of remaining schedule and seeing where they put us.  It also tells us where the Blazers may need teams to beat each other in matchups of playoff teams to help their positioning.

I wil likely add to this and update as we go along, but let's start with the baseline.  Records after tonight's games:

LA Lakers

45

15

.750

-

Dallas

40

21

.656

5 ½

Denver

39

21

.650

6

Utah

38

22

.633

7

Phoenix

38

24

.613

8

Oklahoma City

35

23

.603

9

San Antonio

34

24

.586

10

Portland

36

27

.571

10 ½

Houston

30

29

.508

14 ½

New Orleans

31

30

.508

14 ½

Memphis

30

30

.500

15


So, if everyone takes care of their business, the playoffs shake out like this:

 

LA (1) plays either San Antonio (8t) or Houston (8t)

Dallas (2) plays Portland (7)

Denver (3t) plays Utah (6) or Oklahoma City (5)

Phoenix (3t) plays Oklahoma City (5) or Utah (6)

Lakers (45-15 current, 58-24 projected, First Place)

Tue, Mar 2

Indiana

W

Thu, Mar 4

@ Miami

L

Fri, Mar 5

@ Charlotte

W

Sun, Mar 7

@ Orlando

L

Tue, Mar 9

Toronto

W

Fri, Mar 12

@ Phoenix

L

Mon, Mar 15

@ Golden State

W

Tue, Mar 16

@ Sacramento

W

Fri, Mar 19

Minnesota

W

Sun, Mar 21

Washington

W

Wed, Mar 24

@ San Antonio

L

Fri, Mar 26

@ Oklahoma City

L

Sat, Mar 27

@ Houston

L

Mon, Mar 29

@ New Orleans

L

Wed, Mar 31

@ Atlanta

L

APRIL

 

Fri, Apr 2

Utah

W

Sun, Apr 4

San Antonio

W

Thu, Apr 8

@ Denver

L

Fri, Apr 9

@ Minnesota

W

Sun, Apr 11

Portland

W

Tue, Apr 13

Sacramento

W

Wed, Apr 14

@ LA Clippers

W

 

Dallas (40-21 current, 56-26 projected, Second Place)

Wed, Mar 3

Minnesota

W

Fri, Mar 5

Sacramento

W

Sat, Mar 6

@ Chicago

L

Mon, Mar 8

@ Minnesota

W

Wed, Mar 10

New Jersey

W

Sat, Mar 13

NY Knicks

W

Wed, Mar 17

Chicago

W

Sat, Mar 20

Boston

W

Mon, Mar 22

@ New Orleans

L

Tue, Mar 23

LA Clippers

W

Thu, Mar 25

@ Portland

L

Sat, Mar 27

@ Golden State

W

Mon, Mar 29

Denver

W

Wed, Mar 31

@ Memphis

L

APRIL

Thu, Apr 1

Orlando

W

Sat, Apr 3

Oklahoma City

W

Wed, Apr 7

Memphis

W

Fri, Apr 9

@ Portland

L

Sat, Apr 10

@ Sacramento

W

Mon, Apr 12

@ LA Clippers

W

Wed, Apr 14

San Antonio

W

 

Denver (39-21 current, 54-28 projected, Third Place (tie))

Wed, Mar 3

Oklahoma City

W

Fri, Mar 5

Indiana

W

Sun, Mar 7

Portland

W

Wed, Mar 10

@ Minnesota

W

Fri, Mar 12

@ New Orleans

W

Sat, Mar 13

@ Memphis

W

Mon, Mar 15

@ Houston

L

Tue, Mar 16

Washington

W

Thu, Mar 18

New Orleans

W

Sat, Mar 20

Milwaukee

W

Tue, Mar 23

@ NY Knicks

W

Wed, Mar 24

@ Boston

L

Fri, Mar 26

@ Toronto

L

Sun, Mar 28

@ Orlando

L

Mon, Mar 29

@ Dallas

L

APRIL

 

Thu, Apr 1

Portland

W

Sat, Apr 3

LA Clippers

W

Wed, Apr 7

@ Oklahoma City

L

Thu, Apr 8

LA Lakers

W

Sat, Apr 10

San Antonio

W

Mon, Apr 12

Memphis

W

Tue, Apr 13

@ Phoenix

L

 

Utah (38-22 current, 51-31 projected, Sixth Place)

Thu, Mar 4

@ Phoenix

L

Sat, Mar 6

LA Clippers

W

Tue, Mar 9

@ Chicago

L

Wed, Mar 10

@ Detroit

W

Fri, Mar 12

@ Milwaukee

L

Sun, Mar 14

@ Oklahoma City

L

Mon, Mar 15

Washington

W

Wed, Mar 17

Minnesota

W

Fri, Mar 19

@ Phoenix

L

Sat, Mar 20

New Orleans

W

Mon, Mar 22

Boston

W

Wed, Mar 24

@ Toronto

L

Fri, Mar 26

@ Indiana

W

Sat, Mar 27

@ Washington

W

Mon, Mar 29

NY Knicks

W

Wed, Mar 31

Golden State

W

APRIL

Fri, Apr 2

@ LA Lakers

L

Tue, Apr 6

Oklahoma City

W

Wed, Apr 7

@ Houston

L

Fri, Apr 9

@ New Orleans

L

Tue, Apr 13

@ Golden State

W

Wed, Apr 14

Phoenix

W

 

Phoenix (38-24 current, 54-28 projected, Third Place (tie))

Wed, Mar 3

@ LA Clippers

W

Thu, Mar 4

Utah

W

Sat, Mar 6

Indiana

W

Fri, Mar 12

LA Lakers

W

Sun, Mar 14

New Orleans

W

Tue, Mar 16

Minnesota

W

Fri, Mar 19

Utah

W

Sun, Mar 21

Portland

W

Mon, Mar 22

@ Golden State

W

Fri, Mar 26

NY Knicks

W

Sun, Mar 28

@ Minnesota

W

Tue, Mar 30

@ Chicago

L

Wed, Mar 31

@ New Jersey

W

APRIL

 

Fri, Apr 2

@ Detroit

W

Sat, Apr 3

@ Milwaukee

L

Wed, Apr 7

San Antonio

W

Fri, Apr 9

@ Oklahoma City

L

Sun, Apr 11

Houston

W

Tue, Apr 13

Denver

W

Wed, Apr 14

@ Utah

L

 

Oklahoma City (35-23 current, 53-29 projected, Fifth Place)

Tue, Mar 2

Sacramento

W

Wed, Mar 3

@ Denver

L

Fri, Mar 5

@ LA Clippers

W

Sun, Mar 7

@ Sacramento

W

Wed, Mar 10

New Orleans

W

Fri, Mar 12

New Jersey

W

Sun, Mar 14

Utah

W

Wed, Mar 17

@ Charlotte

W

Fri, Mar 19

@ Toronto

L

Sun, Mar 21

@ Indiana

W

Mon, Mar 22

San Antonio

W

Wed, Mar 24

Houston

W

Fri, Mar 26

LA Lakers

W

Sun, Mar 28

Portland

W

Tue, Mar 30

@ Philadelphia

W

Wed, Mar 31

@ Boston

L

APRIL

 

Sat, Apr 3

@ Dallas

L

Sun, Apr 4

Minnesota

W

Tue, Apr 6

@ Utah

L

Wed, Apr 7

Denver

W

Fri, Apr 9

Phoenix

W

Sun, Apr 11

@ Golden State

W

Mon, Apr 12

@ Portland

L

Wed, Apr 14

Memphis

W

 

San Antonio (34-24 current, 47-35 projected, Eighth Place (tie))

Fri, Mar 5

New Orleans

W

Sat, Mar 6

@ Memphis

L

Mon, Mar 8

@ Cleveland

L

Wed, Mar 10

NY Knicks

W

Fri, Mar 12

@ Minnesota

W

Sat, Mar 13

LA Clippers

W

Tue, Mar 16

@ Miami

L

Wed, Mar 17

@ Orlando

L

Fri, Mar 19

Golden State

W

Sun, Mar 21

@ Atlanta

L

Mon, Mar 22

@ Oklahoma City

L

Wed, Mar 24

LA Lakers

W

Fri, Mar 26

Cleveland

W

Sun, Mar 28

@ Boston

L

Mon, Mar 29

@ New Jersey

W

Wed, Mar 31

Houston

W

APRIL

Fri, Apr 2

Orlando

W

Sun, Apr 4

@ LA Lakers

L

Tue, Apr 6

@ Sacramento

W

Wed, Apr 7

@ Phoenix

L

Fri, Apr 9

Memphis

W

Sat, Apr 10

@ Denver

L

Mon, Apr 12

Minnesota

W

Wed, Apr 14

@ Dallas

L

 

Portland (36-27 current, 49-33 projected, Seventh Place)

Wed, Mar 3

Indiana

W

Sun, Mar 7

@ Denver

L

Tue, Mar 9

Sacramento

W

Thu, Mar 11

@ Golden State

W

Fri, Mar 12

@ Sacramento

W

Sun, Mar 14

Toronto

W

Fri, Mar 19

Washington

W

Sun, Mar 21

@ Phoenix

L

Thu, Mar 25

Dallas

W

Sat, Mar 27

@ New Orleans

L

Sun, Mar 28

@ Oklahoma City

L

Wed, Mar 31

NY Knicks

W

APRIL

Thu, Apr 1

@ Denver

L

Sat, Apr 3

@ Sacramento

W

Wed, Apr 7

@ LA Clippers

W

Fri, Apr 9

Dallas

W

Sun, Apr 11

@ LA Lakers

L

Mon, Apr 12

Oklahoma City

W

Wed, Apr 14

Golden State

W

 

Houston (30-29 current, 47-35 projected, Eighth Place (tie))

Wed, Mar 3

Sacramento

W

Sat, Mar 6

@ Minnesota

W

Sun, Mar 7

@ Detroit

W

Tue, Mar 9

@ Washington

W

Sat, Mar 13

New Jersey

W

Mon, Mar 15

Denver

W

Wed, Mar 17

Memphis

W

Fri, Mar 19

Boston

W

Sun, Mar 21

@ NY Knicks

W

Mon, Mar 22

@ Chicago

L

Wed, Mar 24

@ Oklahoma City

L

Thu, Mar 25

LA Clippers

W

Sat, Mar 27

LA Lakers

W

Tue, Mar 30

Washington

W

Wed, Mar 31

@ San Antonio

L

APRIL

Fri, Apr 2

@ Boston

L

Sun, Apr 4

@ Indiana

W

Tue, Apr 6

@ Memphis

L

Wed, Apr 7

Utah

W

Fri, Apr 9

Charlotte

W

Sun, Apr 11

@ Phoenix

L

Mon, Apr 12

@ Sacramento

W

Wed, Apr 14

New Orleans

W

 

New Orleans (31-30 current, 45-37 projected, OUT)

Wed, Mar 3

Memphis

W

Fri, Mar 5

@ San Antonio

L

Mon, Mar 8

Golden State

W

Wed, Mar 10

@ Oklahoma City

L

Fri, Mar 12

Denver

W

Sun, Mar 14

@ Phoenix

L

Mon, Mar 15

@ LA Clippers

W

Wed, Mar 17

@ Golden State

W

Thu, Mar 18

@ Denver

L

Sat, Mar 20

@ Utah

L

Mon, Mar 22

Dallas

W

Wed, Mar 24

Cleveland

W

Sat, Mar 27

Portland

W

Mon, Mar 29

LA Lakers

W

Wed, Mar 31

Washington

W

APRIL

Fri, Apr 2

@ Memphis

L

Sat, Apr 3

@ New Jersey

W

Wed, Apr 7

Charlotte

W

Fri, Apr 9

Utah

W

Sun, Apr 11

Minnesota

W

Wed, Apr 14

@ Houston

L

 

Memphis (30-30 current, 42-40 projected, OUT)

Wed, Mar 3

@ New Orleans

L

Thu, Mar 4

@ Chicago

L

Sat, Mar 6

San Antonio

W

Mon, Mar 8

New Jersey

W

Wed, Mar 10

@ Boston

L

Fri, Mar 12

NY Knicks

W

Sat, Mar 13

Denver

W

Tue, Mar 16

Chicago

W

Wed, Mar 17

@ Houston

L

Sat, Mar 20

Golden State

W

Mon, Mar 22

@ Sacramento

W

Wed, Mar 24

@ Golden State

W

Sun, Mar 28

@ Milwaukee

L

Wed, Mar 31

Dallas

W

APRIL

 

Fri, Apr 2

New Orleans

W

Sun, Apr 4

@ Orlando

L

Tue, Apr 6

Houston

W

Wed, Apr 7

@ Dallas

L

Fri, Apr 9

@ San Antonio

L

Sat, Apr 10

Philadelphia

W

Mon, Apr 12

@ Denver

L

Wed, Apr 14

@ Oklahoma City

L

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