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Suns Playoff Scenarios

Edit: Updated since the Spurs beat Dallas

So I wrote a fanpost regarding my ideal playoff scenario. Many fellow brightsiders made it clear that they don't want to see the Spurs in the first round. At this point, with Memphis not going along with my scenario and beating the Heat, I just want to see the Suns make the playoffs. Especially after media pundits said they were going to be one of the worst teams in the league at the beginning of the season, and even now are counting them out.

It's going to take 50 wins for the Suns to make the playoffs. They can get in with 49, but they will need some help. That Dallas/Memphis game on April 16 may be a big game not only for those two teams but for the Suns as well. Anything less than 49 and the Suns will need everything short of a miracle to get in. Basically the Suns need to go 2-1 or better in these next 3 games. The following are combinations of playoff scenarios regarding the Suns, Mavs, and Grizz as they will enter the final regular season day on April 16. I've taken some liberties. First I assumed the Grizzlies will win their next 2 games against the Sixers and Lakers, but if they lose to either of these teams, that will serve as an added bonus as long as the Suns take care of business on their end. I have also excluded Golden State. They could potentially drop and end up being a part of this race, but with their schedule I am going to assume they are playoff bound. So this will be between Phoenix, Dallas, and Memphis. I have also factored in Dallas' game against San Antonio tonight too. Seeing these scenarios may give you an idea of who you want to win tonight.

Playoff Scenarios:

Suns go 2-1, losing to Dallas

April 16 Records

Suns 49-32

Mavs 49-32

Grizz 48-33

If Mavs win and Suns win:

Mavs - 7th Seed

Suns - 8th Seed

If Grizz win and Suns win:

Suns - 7th Seed

Mavs - 8th Seed

If Mavs win and Suns lose:

Mavs - 7th Seed

Suns - 8th Seed

If Grizz win and Suns lose:

Mavs - 7th Seed

Grizz - 8th Seed

Suns go 2-1, losing to Memphis

April 16 Records

Suns 49-32

Mavs 48-33

Grizz 49-32

If Mavs win and Suns win:

Suns - 7th Seed

Mavs - 8th Seed

If Grizz win and Suns win:

Grizz - 7th Seed

Suns - 8th Seed

If Mavs win and Suns lose:

Mavs - 7th Seed

Grizz - 8th Seed

If Grizz win and Suns lose:

Grizz - 7th Seed

Suns - 8th Seed

Suns go 2-1, losing to the Spurs

April 16 Records

Suns 49-32

Mavs 48-33

Grizz 48-33

If Mavs win and Suns win:

Suns - 7th Seed

Mavs - 8th Seed

If Grizz win and Suns win:

Suns - 7th Seed

Grizz - 8th Seed

If Mavs win and Suns lose:

Suns - 7th Seed

Mavs - 8th Seed

If Grizz win and Suns lose:

Grizz - 7th Seed

Suns - 8th Seed

As you can see, the best scenario with the Suns going 2-1 in the next three games is if the Suns win both of their games against the Mavs and Grizzlies. If that happens, the Suns will be in regardless if they beat the Kings on April 16th or not. But the common theme with all of these scenarios is that if the Suns end up going 2-1 in the next three games, beating the Kings on April 16th will get them in the playoffs.

Of course the better scenario has the Suns winning all of their games to finish the season. Then they won't have to worry about these other scenarios, and they may even be able to steal the 6th seed depending on how the Warriors do in their final 4 games. What kind of scenarios would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below!

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