NBA playoff races

April 20, 1999|By Jerry Bembry

A look at the NBA teams on the playoff bubble (the top eight seeds in each conference qualify; current seeding in parentheses):

Eastern Conference

(5) Detroit

Record, games remaining: 23-18, 9

Games remaining vs. winning teams: 4

Home (3): 4/22 Philadelphia; 4/28 New Jersey; 5/2 Philadelphia.

Away (6): 4/21 Charlotte; 4/25 Toronto; 4/27 Boston; 4/30 Milwaukee; 5/3 Chicago; 5/5 Philadelphia.

Skinny: Should not drop out of top eight.

(6) Milwaukee

Record, game remaining: 22-18, 10

Games remaining vs. winning teams: 5

Home (6): 4/20 Orlando; 4/23 Cleveland; 4/26 Washington; 4/28 Toronto; 4/30 Detroit; 5/4 Toronto.

Away (4): 4/21 Indiana; 4/25 Atlanta; 5/1 Boston; 5/5 New Jersey.

Skinny: Will likely survive Sam Cassell's injury to make playoffs.

(7) Philadelphia

Record, games remaining: 22-19, 9

Games remaining vs. winning teams: 5

Home (4): 4/25 Orlando; 4/27 Cleveland; 5/1 Toronto; 5/5 Detroit.

Away (5): 4/21 Boston; 4/22 Detroit; 4/29 New York; 5/2 Detroit; 5/4 Charlotte.

Skinny: Allen Iverson's shooting slump is hurting team.

(8) Cleveland

Record, games remaining: 21-20, 9

Games remaining vs. winning teams: 6

Home (3): 4/26 Miami; 4/30 Toronto; 5/2 Atlanta.

Away (6): 4/21 Miami; 4/23 Milwaukee; 4/27 Philadelphia; 4/29 Washington; 5/4 Indiana; 5/5 Toronto.

Skinny: Three difficult games (two games against Miami, one against Indiana) hurts postseason chances.

(9T) New York

Record, games remaining: 21-21, 8

Games remaining vs. winning teams: 5

Home (4): 4/23 Charlotte; 4/29 Philadelphia; 5/3 Boston; 5/5 Miami.

Away (4): 4/25 Miami; 4/26 Charlotte; 4/28 Atlanta; 5/2 Indiana.

Skinny: League's top payroll will have no postseason to show for it.

(9T) Toronto

Record, games remaining: 20-20, 10

Games remaining vs. winning teams: 8

Home (4): 4/20 Atlanta; 4/25 Detroit; 4/27 Charlotte; 5/5 Cleveland.

Away (6): 4/21 Washington; 4/23 Orlando; 4/28 Milwaukee; 4/30 Cleveland; 5/1 Philadelphia; 5/4 Milwaukee.

Skinny: Tough final 10 games will be too difficult to overcome.

(9T) Charlotte

Record, games remaining: 20-20, 10

Games remaining vs. winning teams: 4

Home (5): 4/21 Detroit; 4/24 New Jersey; 4/26 New York; 4/30 Chicago; 5/4 Philadelphia.

Away (5): 4/23 New York; 4/27 Toronto; 4/29 Indiana; 5/2 Miami; 5/5 Boston.

Skinny: Trade for Eddie Jones and Elden Campbell will help team reach postseason.

Western Conference

(6) Minnesota

Record, games remaining: 22-20, 8

Games remaining vs. winning teams: 4

Home (3): 4/28 Phoenix; 4/30 Golden State; 5/1 Los Angeles Clippers.

Away (5): 4/21 Seattle; 4/23 Sacramento; 4/25 Portland; 5/4 Houston; 5/5 Phoenix.

Skinny: Should survive to make postseason, where return of Terrell Brandon will help.

(7) Phoenix

Record, games remaining: 21-20, 9

Games remaining vs. winning teams: 5

Home (4): 4/21 Utah; 4/25 Houston; 5/1 Vancouver; 5/5 Minnesota.

Away (5): 4/20 Dallas; 4/26 Utah; 4/28 Minnesota; 4/29 Denver; 5/2 Sacramento.

Skinny: While inconsistent, team has too much talent to drop out of top eight.

(8T) Seattle

Record, games remaining: 19-22, 9

Games remaining vs. winning teams: 5

Home (5): 4/21 Minnesota; 4/27 Utah; 4/30 Denver; 5/2 Los Angeles Lakers; 5/4 Dallas.

Away (4): 4/23 Vancouver; 4/25 Utah; 4/28 Portland; 5/5 Los Angeles Clippers.

Skinny: Facing Utah (twice), Portland and the Lakers will have Sonics on outside of playoff picture.

(8T) Sacramento

Record, games remaining: 19-22, 9

Games remaining vs. winning teams: 3

Home (7): 4/21 Golden State; 4/23 Minnesota; 4/24 Dallas; 4/27 San Antonio; 4/29 Los Angeles Clippers; 5/2 Phoenix, 5/5 Vancouver.

Away (2): 4/26 Golden State; 5/3 Denver.

Skinny: Seven home games are just what Kings need to record first winning season in Sacramento.

(10) Golden State

Record, games remaining: 18-22, 10

Games remaining vs. winning teams: 4

Home (4): 4/20 Los Angeles Lakers; 4/24 Denver; 4/26 Sacramento; 5/5 San Antonio.

Away (6): 4/21 Sacramento; 4/23 Denver; 4/29 Utah; 4/30 Minnesota; 5/1 Dallas; 5/3 Vancouver.

Skinny: Two games against Sacramento might determine team's chances.

Pub Date: 4/20/99

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