Nate something interesting (for a change) after the New Orleans win tonight. He said he thought the team needed 38 to 40 wins this season to make the playoffs. Just for fun I looked up a few numbers for the last 10 years.
On average the 8th place (final playoff spot) team in the West won 45.6 games, which is 55.6% of an 82 game season. That equates to winning 37 games in 2012's 66-game season. That's 1-3 fewer games than Nate's estimate, but Nate's estimate appears based on the last 4 years, where the 8th place team in the West won the 66-game equivalent of 37-40 games, and only less than 39 games in one year.
At this very moment the 8th place team in the West has won 55.3% of its games, which is almost exactly the 10 year average. So perhaps this season will not be very different than the average over the last 10 years.
Here's a chart that shows the last 10 years and what record the Blazers would have to achieve over their last 28 games to match the final playoff spot in those years. A 15-13 record would match the worst of the last 10 years (which only happened once) but 16-12 would have done the trick in 5 of the 10 years. On the other hand, they would have to go 18-10 to match the worst record in the last 4 years and 21-7 to match or beat all 4 years.
Finally keep in mind that they have only 12 games remaining at home and 16 games remaining on the road. When you consider that, I don't think it looks too good for the Blazers making the playoffs this year.
But what do you think?
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