A Look At Scheduling and the Competition

Four teams will be battling for three playoff spots in the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

TeamsGames Left (Home/Away)Win % of OPNTS MarchWin % of OPNTS AprilTiebreakersGames left against competitionConference Record
Milwaukee Bucks27 (15/12).516 (434-407).503 (225-222)2-1 (Bulls) 1 to play
2-1 (Charlotte) 1 to play
2-0 (Miami) 2 to play
419-14
Miami Heat24 (14/10).483 (404-432).308 (122-273)0-2 (Milwaukee) 2 to play
1-1 (Chicago) 2 to play
0-2 (Charlotte) 2 to play
618-15
Chicago Bulls26 (15/11).529 (450-400).489 (217-227)1-2 (Milwaukee) 1 to play
1-1 (Miami) 2 to play
1-1 (Charlotte) 2 to play
518-16
Charlotte Bobcats27 (14/13).489 (466-487).454 (202-243)1-2 (Milwaukee) 1 to play
2-0 (Miami) 2 to play
1-1 (Chicago) 2 to play

517-18

Looking at the remaining schedules, it appears if Miami can keep it together long enough, they have a good chance to make some noise come April.  With as soft a schedule as a team could ever ask for in the final month of the season, Miami will have ample room for upward mobility.  Of course, they lost to Minnesota last night, so take nothing for granted.  Their success largely depends on the health of Dwyane Wade. Wade missed Tuesday’s game in Minnesota, but will likely be back on Saturday for an important game with the Bucks.

Miami also has the most games remaining against the other three teams, with three games each.  The Bucks only have four such games left, but hold the series lead against all three teams and the Bucks currently have the best division record too. Those records may factor into whether or not the Bucks get in, so they have some meaning.

If two of the teams tie, the tiebreakers go as such:

1. Head to head records.  Whoever has won the series between the two teams gets to keep playing.

2. If they have tied the season series AND are in the same division, then division record takes precedence.  This applies to only the Bucks and Bulls.

3. After division it comes down to whichever team has a better record against teams in conference.

For more info about multiple team ties, head over to this playoff tiebreaker explanation.

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