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LSU_504
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The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
All NBA Standings

Strength of schedule

#8 - Memphis - 28-27 (0 games back)...... (1st)*......(NG: @ LAL 2/21)

#9 - Portland - 25-31 (3.5 games back)...... (26th)*......(NG: Vs NOP 2/21)

#10 - San Antonio - 23-31 (4.5 games back)...... (20th)*......(NG: @ UTA 2/21)

#11 - New Orleans - 23-32 (5 games back)......(30th)*......(NG: @ POR 2/21)

#12 - Sacramento - 22-33 (6 games back)...... (23rd)*......(NG: @ LAC 2/22)

#13 - Phoenix - 22-33 (6 games back)...... (9th)*......(NG: @ TOR 2/21)







* - strength of schedule remaining



Pelicans full 2019-2020 Schedule

2 games remaining vs Memphis (2-0)
3 games remaining vs San Antonio (0-1)
1 game remaining vs Portland (3-0)
1 game remaining vs Phoenix (1-1)
2 games remaining vs Sacramento (1-0)


I'll be updating this daily.


GO PELS




This post was edited on 2/21 at 12:27 pm


MrJimBeam
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
Thanks for this. I've requested a sticky as I think it's nice to have at the top.


J_Hingle
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
Those SOS rankings!!


Who_Dat_Tiger
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
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I agree with the playoff odds in that link. For the last spot in the west they have the odds at NO 30%, SA 29%, POR 24%. I think when it boils down to the end of the season that's who we're going to challenge. We play the Spurs a couple times at the very end of the year too.


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Upperdecker
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
Good analysis. We have to consider the other teams between us and 8th. It’s a race, it’s not just “3.5 games back”. It’s “3.5 games back” with 4 teams ahead of us. Gotta beat them H2H. SOS looks good though
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HurricaneTiger
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
The reason we’re a few games back is because of how front loaded our schedule was. The NBA was trying heavily to get ratings from Zion’s debut, and it winded up with us playing elite teams without him.


Milesahead
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
Seems a bit flawed to use outdated rankings for SOS but I guess it os better than nothing.


Who_Dat_Tiger
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
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Seems a bit flawed to use outdated rankings for SOS


What makes you think theyre outdated? the power rankings guru site used for the SOS looks like they update rankings weekly if not daily.

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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
great stuff. Thanks.


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Milesahead
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
The explanation for SOS says it is based off of final 2018-2019 rankings


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LSU_504
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
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The explanation for SOS says it is based off of final 2018-2019 rankings



Thank you for pointing this out, since I posted I found another source using remaining teams winning % instead of last years final rankings. I'll update it momentarily.

For the most part the positioning is still oddly similar except for the Spurs.
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TeddyPadillac
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
I think something we've seen from out team, even in the preseason, is that our 2nd string guys can help us win the games against the mediocre teams in the league if our starters aren't playing well. The energy they bring does wonders.

I'm hoping that we can feast on the mediocre east teams, as well as the west teams that are getting ready to give up. When i say feast, i mean win like 80% of them at a minimum. Do that, and hope to play near .500 against the playoff teams and we'll be alright.


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Hazelnut
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
San Antonio is the only team I'm worried about. Their SOS remaining isn't nearly as bad as the rest of the teams ahead of us. And we have to beat out all of those teams listed if we wanna get in because it will be very hard to catch OKC.

It's still very doable though. We just need to go on a bit of a run and hope the Spurs don't do the same


supe12sta12z
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
Portland is the biggest threat imo. With the acquisition of Ariza and the return of Nurkic, they are primed to make a post all-star run.


TeddyPadillac
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
I would be really nice to make the playoffs, but i think getting to .500 would be an amazing way to finish the season even if we didn't make the playoffs.


Soggymoss
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
Last night on the Blazers telecast they said Nurkic wont play until at least March

May be to late for them by then


Stiles
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
We ridin?

I’ll ride.

We flockin?

I’ll flock.

!FLOCK UP!


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GOP_Tiger
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
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Nurkic wont play until at least March


They aren't going to get Zach Collins back before then, either. And, of course, they lost Rodney Hood to a torn achilles.

They are wasting Lillard's prime and they know it, which is why they are likely to make a trade to try to fight for the #8 seed. They hope that getting a player in a trade, and then getting Collins and Nurkic in time for the playoffs, they can still be reasonably competitive in the playoffs.


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504Voodoo
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
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San Antonio is the only team I'm worried about. Their SOS remaining isn't nearly as bad as the rest of the teams ahead of us.


It starts with getting a Dub on Wednesday night


Dantheman504
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re: The race for 8th.... where we stand (Updated 2/21)
We play San Antonio 4 times. 4 wins against them will keep us ahead of them.


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