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A Look At What's Ahead

29 Games to Go
DATE TEAM Current Record Record Against Playoff Team
22-Feb Miami 0.500 1-0 X
24-Feb Denver 0.510 2-0 X
26-Feb Atlanta 0.404 0-0
27-Feb at Minnesota 0.481 2-0 X Home/Road Back-to-Back
3 home - 1 Away 0.474 3 Playoff Teams
1-Mar Cleveland 0.585 0-0 X
3-Mar Orlando 0.509 1-0 X
6-Mar New Jersey 0.463 1-0
11-Mar at Lakers 0.556 2-1 X
12-Mar at Golden State 0.463 0-1
14-Mar Phoenix 0.750 2-0 X
16-Mar Boston 0.255 0-0
18-Mar at Detroit 0.627 0-1 X
20-Mar at New York 0.434 0-0
21-Mar at Cleveland 0.585 0-0 X Road/Road Back-to-Back
23-Mar at Boston 0.255 0-0
25-Mar at Atlanta 0.404 0-0
27-Mar at Oklahoma 0.472 3-0
28-Mar Milwaukee 0.358 1-0 Away/Home back-to-back to end 6 game road trip
30-Mar New York 0.434 0-0
7 Home - 8 Away 0.477 6 Playoff Teams
1-Apr at Phoenix 0.750 2-0 X
3-Apr at Sacramento 0.431 3-0
6-Apr at Denver 0.510 2-0 X
7-Apr Portland 0.407 2-0 Away/Home Back-to-Back
9-Apr Clippers 0.472 1-1
11-Apr at Minnesota 0.481 2-0 X
13-Apr Utah 0.673 1-1 X
15-Apr San Antonio 0.660 2-1 X
17-Apr at Golden State 0.463 0-1
18-Apr at Seattle 0.385 3-0 Away/Away Back-to-Back
4 Home - 6 Away 0.523 5 Playoff Teams
Overall 14 Home - 15 Away 0.491 14 Playoff Teams 5 Back-to-Backs

Two things jump out to me.

The brutal six game road trip in the middle of March that ends with a back-to-back at home. That effectively makes it a 7 game road trip in 11 days. Fortunately, it's only in two time zones and ends with some pretty bad teams.

March is a pretty tough month, but there is a good chance that Dallas has the #1 seed wrapped up and a few of those games won't matter. Those two things combined make me think 70 wins(26-3) is a pipe dream. If the Mavs clinch the top spot early Avery would definitely choose to rest the stars down the stretch rather than try to reach the milestone.