Playoff Scenarios

Okay, so everything other than the Spurs having the number one seed is up in the air these next two nights.  The NBA has released these seeding scenarios to help confuse the situtation:

Dallas will be seeded:

  • #2 if Mavericks win and Lakers lose at least one game OR if Lakers lose both games and Thunder lose.
  • #3 if Lakers win both games and Mavericks win OR if Lakers win at least one game and Thunder lose one game OR if Lakers lose both games and Thunder wins.
  • #4 if Lakers win at least one game, Thunder wins and Mavericks lose.

LA Lakers will be seeded:

  • #2 if Lakers win both games OR if Lakers win one game and Mavericks lose.
  • #3 if Lakers lose one game and Mavericks win OR if Lakers lose both games and Thunder loses.
  • #4 if Lakers lose both games and Thunder wins

Oklahoma City will be seeded:

  • #2 if Thunder wins, Lakers lose both games and Mavericks lose.
  • #3 if Lakers win at least one game, Thunder wins and Mavericks lose OR if Lakers lose both games, Thunder wins and Mavericks win.
  • #4 if Thunder loses OR if Lakers win at least one game and Mavericks win.

Portland will be seeded:

  • #6 if Blazers beat Grizzlies OR if Blazers beat Warriors and Grizzlies lose to Clippers.
  • #7 if Blazers lose to Grizzlies but beat Warriors and Grizzlies beat Clippers OR if Grizzlies win both games and Hornets lose.
  • #8 if Blazers lose both games and Hornets win.

Memphis will be seeded:

  • #6 if Grizzlies win both games OR if Blazers lose both games and Hornets lose.
  • #7 if Grizzlies lose to Blazers and beat Clippers and Hornets lose OR Grizzlies beat Blazers and lose to Clippers, Hornets win and Blazers lose OR Grizzlies beat Blazers and lose to Clippers, Hornets lose and Blazers win.
  • #8 if Grizzlies lose both games OR if Grizzlies lose to Blazers and Hornets win OR if Grizzlies beat Blazers and lose to Clippers and Hornets and Blazers win.

New Orleans will be seeded:

  • #6 if Hornets win, Blazers lose both games and Grizzlies lose to Clippers.
  • #7 if Hornets win and Blazers beat Grizzlies OR if Grizzlies lose both games OR if Hornets win and Grizzlies win both games and Blazers lose to Warriors OR if Hornets win, Blazers lose to Grizzlies and beat Warriors and Grizzlies lose to Clippers.
  • #8 if Hornets lose and Grizzlies beat Blazers OR if Grizzlies win both games and Blazers beat Warriors OR if Hornets lose, Blazers beat Grizzlies and Grizzlies beat Clippers.

In my humble opinion, the best way this whole situtaion could shake out would be:

Spurs – Lakers – OKC – Mavs – Denver – Blazers – Memphis – Hornets (though I could go either way on the Nuggs and Portland)

So now you know what to wish for.

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