Bucks, Raptors, Bobcats, Heat, or Bulls: Who Gets Ninth Place in NBA East?

March 13th, 2010 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
With less than 20 games left in the NBA schedule, five teams in the Eastern Conference are left fighting it out for one of the final four playoff positions.

No. 5 Milwaukee Bucks 34-29
No. 6 Toronto Raptors 32-31
No. 7 Charlotte Bobcats 32-31
No. 8 Miami Heat 33-32
No. 9 Chicago Bulls 31-33

And except for the 9-1 Milwaukee Bucks, the other three lucky playoff teams may be backing their way in.  Thanks in part to what looks like one team’s sacrifice of talent on the altar of cap space for the summer of 2010.

Over the past 10 games, the other four teams supposedly trying to fight their way into the playoffs have managed:

Raptors 3-7, lost their last three games.
Bobcats 5-5, won their last four games.
Heat 5-5, won their last game.
Bulls 3-7, lost their last six games.

The schedules are known and each team’s opposition is set.  So who are the four teams most likely to round out the Eastern Conference playoff picture?

The Milwaukee Bucks have built a two game lead over the pack courtesy of that 9-1 record and with 19 games remaining have the most home ...

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