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Charlie Zegers

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NBA Schedule Analysis
By Charlie Zegers
RotoWire Staff Writer

Playing Out the String

NBA fans have several reasons to dread April 15th. The tax man cometh, and the NBA season go-eth... the regular season (and the fantasy season), anyway.

In the East, Philadelphia and Atlanta have locked up playoff spots -- through April 4, the Hawks and Sixers are sitting in the four and five seeds. The Knicks officially gave up the ghost with Saturday's loss to the Raptors and, like the Wizards, have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Indiana, Milwaukee, New Jersey and Toronto haven't been eliminated officially -- yet -- but they're just about done. The team with the best chance to squeak into the postseason is Charlotte -- the Bobcats sit two games behind the Pistons in the race for the eighth seed, with six games to play. In the West, the playoff field is more or less set, unless you think the Suns can make up three games on the Mavs with just six to play. But most of the conference is fighting for positioning... the Lakers have a hammer-lock on the top spot, but the Nuggets have displaced the Spurs in the two spot. Right now the three seed (San Antonio) and eight seed (Dallas) are separated by just four games in the standings.

NBA Schedule: April 6 - 12

Atlanta213 @TOR @MILIND
Boston123NJNMIA @CLE
Charlotte213PHI @OKC @CHI
Cleveland123WAS @PHIBOS
Dallas123UTANOR @NOR
Denver112OKC @LAL
Detroit213 @NYKNJN @IND
Golden State123MINHOU @UTA
Houston213ORL @SAC @GSW
Indiana123TOR @ATLDET
Memphis224POR @ORLPHO @LAL
Minnesota213 @LAC @GSWPHO
New Jersey213 @BOS @DETORL
New Orleans224 @MIAPHO @DALDAL
New York314 @CHIDET @ORL @MIA
Oklahoma City224SAN @DENCHA @MIL
Orlando224 @HOUMEMNYK @NJN
Philadelphia314 @CHA @CHICLE @TOR
Phoenix303 @NOR @MEM @MIN
Portland314 @MEM @SANLAL @LAC
Sacramento134LALHOU @LACSAN
San Antonio224 @OKCPORUTA @SAC
Utah213 @DAL @SANGSW
Washington202 @CLE @TOR


The Knicks, Thunder, Magic, Sixers, Blazers, Kings, Spurs and Raptors all play four games this week. Denver, Milwaukee and Washington play just twice.

Home Cookin'

Every team plays at least one away game this week. The Kings and Raptors have the best home/road mix, playing three home games against one on the road.

The Suns play three times -- all on the road -- making their chances of catching Dallas even less likely.

Let the Kids Play

The NBA goes dark on Monday this week -- the NCAA Title matchup between North Carolina and Michigan State is the only game in town.

That means a compressed schedule for the pros, with most teams playing the same number of games, but with one less day in the schedule. That makes for a lot of back-to-backs and little rest -- at a time when players need the rest the most.

Playing on short rest this week:

Wednesday: Atlanta, Memphis, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Portland, San Antonio

Thursday: Denver

Friday: Houston, the Lakers, Philly, Portland

Saturday: Charlotte, Detroit, Golden State, Indiana, the Clippers, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Utah

Chuck, Kenny and Ernie

Games on national TV this week:

Tuesday: New Orleans/Miami (NBATV)
Wednesday: Portland/San Antonio, Utah/Dallas (ESPN)
Thursday: Philadelphia/Chicago, Denver/Lakers (TNT)
Friday: New York/Orlando (ESPN2)
Saturday: Detroit/Indiana (NBATV)
Sunday: Dallas/New Orleans, Boston/Cleveland (ABC), Philadelphia/Toronto (NBATV) Article first appeared on 4/6/08