Eastern Conference Down The Stretch

Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Because the Sixers have no chance at winning the Atlantic Division at this point, I’ll cover the remaining schedule for the three teams “fighting” for 7th in the Eastern Conference:

Eastern Conference Standings 7-9

Standing Team Games Behind 1st Games Behind 7th
7 New York 13.5 -
8 Philadelphia 14.5 1
9 Milwaukee 17.5 4

Last Week’s Results

76ers

Day Date Opponent Home/Away Result
Friday 4/13/2012 New Jersey Home L, 95-89
Monday 4/16/2012 Orlando Away L, 113-100
Tuesday 4/17/2012 Indiana Home L, 102-97
Wednesday 4/18/2012 Cleveland Away W, 103-87

Knicks

Day Date Opponent Home/Away Result
Friday 4/13/2012 Washington Home W, 103-65
Sunday 4/15/2012 Miami Home L, 93-85
Tuesday 4/17/2012 Boston Home W, 118-110
Wednesday 4/18/2012 New Jersey Away W, 104-95

Bucks

Day Date Opponent Home/Away Result
Friday 4/13/2012 Detroit Away W, 113-97
Saturday 4/14/2012 Indiana Home L, 105-99
Wednesday 4/18/2012 Washington Away L, 121-112
Thursday 4/19/2012 Indiana Away L, 118-109

Upcoming Schedule

76ers

Day Date Opponent Home/Away
Saturday 4/21/2012 Indiana Away
Monday 4/23/2012 New Jersey Away
Wednesday 4/25/2012 Milwaukee Away
Thursday 4/26/2012 Detroit Away

Knicks

Day Date Opponent Home/Away
Friday 4/20/2012 Cleveland Away
Sunday 4/22/2012 Atlanta Away
Wednesday 4/25/2012 LA Clippers Home
Thursday 4/26/2012 Charlotte Away

Bucks

Day Date Opponent Home/Away
Saturday 4/21/2012 New Jersey Home
Monday 4/23/2012 Toronto Home
Wednesday 4/25/2012 Philadelphia Home
Thursday 4/26/2012 Boston Away

Injuries

New York: Jeremy Lin (knee, out for regular season and likely playoffs), Amar’e Stoudemire (back, returning Friday night)

Philadelphia: none

Milwaukee: Ersan Ilyasova (thigh, return likely)

Notes

With Milwaukee’s losses to Indiana and Washington, the Sixers’ magic number sits at two: any combination of two wins by the Sixers and two losses from the Bucks guarantees a playoff spot for the Sixers, with one head-to-head match up left to go. Milwaukee has 2 very winnable games before the Sixers game, home against New Jersey and Toronto. The Sixers have games against Indiana and New Jersey, again, before the showdown. The Sixers-Bucks game next Wednesday could be the decisive game if the Sixers can’t win two other games; Boston will likely rest the squad in the Milwaukee finale.

New York has clinched a playoff spot, holding the tiebreaker over the Bucks and Sixers. They will likely use the rest of the year to integrate Amar’e into the lineup.

 

Standing Team Games Behind 1st Games Behind 7th
7 New York 13.5 -
8 Philadelphia 14.5 1
9 Milwaukee 17.5 4

Topics: Amar'e Stoudemire, Ersan Ilyasova, Jeremy Lin, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks

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