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Schedules for Jazz, Rockets, Warriors (teams keeping Lakers out of playoffs)

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So, the Lakers are currently sitting outside the playoff picture, but are coming on. There are 3 teams ahead of them they could feasibly catch. This post is a look at the schedules for those teams, and whether or not they will beat out the Lakers.

Jazz Remaining Schedule

23 games remaining

8 probable wins, 6 probable losses, 9 swing games

Prognosis: The Jazz are up 2.5 games on the Lakers, but also hold the tie-breaker outright, so it's really a 3.5 game lead. They play the toughest schedule of the 3 teams here, but it's not entirely a murderer's row, with more probably-wins than probably-losses. How they do in their swing games will determine whether they are in or out.

3/4 @Bucks - ?

3/6 @Cavs - win

3/8 @Bulls - loss

3/9 @Knicks - loss

3/11 vs Pistons - win

3/13 @Thunder - loss

3/16 vs Grizzlies - win

3/18 vs Knicks - ?

3/20 @Rockets - ?

3/22 @Spurs - loss

3/24 @Mavs - ?

3/25 vs Sixers - ?

3/27 vs Suns - win

3/29 @Blazers - ?

3/30 vs Nets - win

4/1 vs Blazers - win

4/3 vs Nuggets - ?

4/5 vs Pelicans - win

4/7 @Warriors - ?

4/9 vs Thunder - ?

4/12 vs Wolves - win

4/15 @Wolves - loss

4/17 @Grizzlies - loss

Rockets Remaining Schedule

21 games remaining, 8 probable wins, 4 probable losses, 9 swing games

Prognosis: The Rox hold a 2.5 game lead over the Lakers, and lead the season series 2-1. That final game of the season against the Lakers could wind up as a do or die, as winning it would essentially count as 2 wins by giving the Rox the tie-breaker if they win.

3/6 @Mavs - win

3/8 @Warriors - ?

3/9 @Suns - ?

3/13 vs Suns - win

3/15 vs Wolves - win

3/17 vs Warriors - ?

3/20 vs Jazz - ?

3/22 vs Cavs - win

3/24 vs Spurs - loss

3/27 vs Pacers - ?

3/29 @Grizzlies - loss

3/30 vs Clippers - ?

4/1 vs Magic - win

4/3 @Kings/Sonics - win

4/5 @Blazers - ?

4/6 @Nuggets - loss

4/9 vs Suns - win

4/12 vs Grizzlies - win

4/14 vs Kings - win

4/15 @Suns - ?

4/17 @Lakers - loss

Warriors Remaining Schedule

22 games remaining, 10 probable wins, 3 probable losses, 9 swing games

Prognosis: The W's have 16 home games and only 6 road games left - the easiest schedule of these 3 teams. It may be that their recent struggles are just a product of playing too many road games, and they're about to be compensated with an extended home stand. They have a 3.5 game lead on the Lakers, but trail the season series 1-2. They have 2 remaining game against the Lakers as well.

3/4 vs Raptors - win

3/6 vs Kings - win

3/8 vs Rockets - ?

3/9 vs Bucks - win

3/11 vs Knicks - ?

3/13 vs Pistons - win

3/15 vs Bulls - ?

3/17 @Rockets - ?

3/18 @Pelicans - ?

3/20 @Spurs - loss

3/23 vs Wizards - win

3/25 vs Lakers - ?

3/27 vs Kings - win

3/30 vs Blazers - win

4/3 vs Pelicans - win

4/5 @Suns - win

4/7 vs Jazz - ?

4/9 vs Wolves - win

4/11 vs Thunder - loss

4/12 @Lakers - ?

4/15 vs Spurs - loss

4/17 @Blazers - ?

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