Warriors/NBA/Basketball

The Daily Update 4.6.11

With the San Antonio Spurs winning and the Los Angeles Lakers losing yesterday, the race for the West’s best record is pretty much done. San Antonio now owns a 3.5 game lead with 4 games left to play. But the race for the best record in the NBA isn’t yet over. The Chicago Bulls are currently just 1.5 back, while being only 1 back in the loss column. While the Bulls are no lock to make the Finals this season, as they’re best players are still too young to be considered veterans and no one on this team has won a playoff series as a Bull besides Luol Deng. In addition, none of their players has ever been to a Finals, and coach Tom Thibodeau was only an assistant for the Celtics when they won the NBA Championship in 2008.

But having a guaranteed home court advantage going into the playoffs is always something to care about, especially for two teams that have been so much better at home than on the road. The Bulls and Spurs rank as each conference’s best team, but that isn’t reflected in their road records, where they each rank 3rd. So having home court against the other top team would be a a big help should Chicago and San Antonio meet in the Finals.

Another standings race to pay attention to is where the Lakers, Celtics, and Miami Heat finish. As of right now, both Boston and Miami are tied at 54-23, while the Lakers are 1 game better at 55-22. While the Heat and Celtics are fighting for home court advantage in the 2nd round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, they, along with the Lakers are also competing for home court advantage in the Finals should any combination of these teams meet in the Finals. Before the season started, these 3 teams were the top choices of NBA general managers to win the Championship.

Scores from yesterday:

Cleveland 99, Charlotte 89

Washington 107, Detroit 105

New Jersey 107, Minnesota 105

San Antonio 97, Atlanta 90

Orlando 78, Milwaukee 72

Boston 99, Philadelphia 82

New York 131, Toronto 118

Los Angeles Clippers 82, Memphis 81

Oklahoma City 101, Denver 94

Golden State 108, Portland 87

Utah 86, Los Angeles Lakers 85

Game of the Night:

New York @ Philadelphia – A game that could decide the East’s 6th seed. The Knicks are a half-game back of the 76ers with  5 games to play. Philadelphia holds the advantage in this game because it’s at home, but don’t count out the Knicks. They’ve now won 4 in a row and seem to be playing a lot better. Prediction: New York by 5.

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