As it currently stands, the #4 team in the West is 42-24 and the #8 team in the West is 41-28. In other words, it’s going to be a close race for home-court advantage in the first round. To try and pick who has the best chance of playing on their home floor at the beginning of the playoffs, true obsessives are needed, and most of them have been busy filling out brackets. Fortunately for NBA fans, people like the Daily Thunder’s Royce Young still exist.
Royce has broken down the remaining schedules of the five teams still looking for that #4 spot in the West, and it should absolutely be read. In Royce’s opinion, the Utah Jazz have the easiest remaining schedule, while the San Antonio Spurs have the toughest road ahead of them:
“No question in my mind, the Spurs have the toughest remaining schedule. They play the most games yet, plus have 11 of their final 18 on the road with a stunning 14 of them coming against .500 clubs. There’s a real chance for San Antonio to slip to eighth here. And the icing on the cake is that the game left against OKC is at the Ford Center.”
If you want to see the breakdown for all five teams currently jostling for playoff position in the West, hop on over to Daily Thunder and check out the full piece.
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Los Angeles –Devin Booker‘s Suns have the NBA’s worst record (18-41).
“I think everyone is fed up with the losing, from the top to the bottom of the organization,” Booker said this afternoon. “So, for us, it’s what’s next?”
A 3-point contest victory.
Overcoming Phoenix’s poor record to draw an invite to All-Star Saturday Night, Booker won the 3-point contest with a whopping 29 points in the final round.
That score left little margin for 2016 champion Klay Thompson, who capped the event with a 25-point round that was otherwise the night’s high. Clippers forward Tobias Harris, in his new home arena, finished third.
Booker was all smiles after the rare victory.
“Season not going how we planned, but I know a lot of the city was ready for this All-Star Weekend, having somebody participate,” Booker said. “So, I’m glad I could win it.
Where he and the Suns go from here is still questionable, but he has a plan.
“I’m going to win the dunk contest next year,” Booker said. “No, I’m just kidding.”