Monday, March 07, 2005

Eastern Conference Scheduling Breakdowns

By Anthony Peretore

This article is dedicated to that one loyal reader who took the time out to comment on Paul’s Western Conference breakdown article. The comment mentioned that the scheduling breakdowns in my partner’s piece were very useful and something most writers wouldn’t take the time to do. Well since we here at The NBA Source always go the extra mile, here are detailed scheduling breakdowns for each team in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.


EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS

1. Miami Heat (45-16), Southeast
Games remaining: (21), 12 home, 9 away
Remaining Opponents’ record: 578-652 (.470)
Toughest stretch: April 8-15: @MEM, vs. DET, @PHI, @BOS
Easiest stretch: March 12-15: vs. NJ, vs. MIL, @NYK
Division Games: (3) @CHA, vs. CHA, @ORL

2. Detroit Pistons (36-22), Central
Games remaining: (24) 14 home, 10 away
Remaining Opponents’ record: 663-700 (.486)
Toughest stretch: April 8-11: @ORL, @MIA, @CHI
Easiest stretch: April 15-20: vs. MIL, vs. CLE, @ATL, @CHA
Division Games: (5) @CLE, vs. IND, @CHI, vs. MIL, vs. CLE

3. Boston Celtics (31-29), Atlantic
Games remaining: (22) 10 home, 12 away
Remaining Opponents’ record: 578-668 (.464)
Toughest Stretch: April 9-15: @NJ, @PHI, @MIL, vs. MIA
Easiest stretch: March 13-16: vs. WAS, @CHA, vs. TOR
Division Games: (7) vs. TOR, @NYK, vs. PHI, @NJ, @PHI, @TOR, vs. NJ

4. Washington Wizards (33-25), Southeast
Games remaining: (24), 10 home, 14 away
Remaining opponents’ record: 621-780 (.443)
Toughest stretch: April 5-8: vs. BOS, @DET, @IND
Easiest stretch: April 17-20: vs. CHA, @NJ, @NYK
Division Games: (4) @ATL, vs. ATL, @ORL, vs. CHA

5. Cleveland Cavaliers (31-27)—Central
Games remaining:
(24) 12 home, 12 away
Remaining opponents’ record: 678-683 (.498)
Toughest stretch: March 22-26: vs. DET, @HOU, @DAL
Easiest stretch: April 9-14: vs. MIL, @ORL, vs. NYK
Division Games: (7) vs. IND, @MIL, vs. DET, @CHI, @IND, vs. MIL, @DET

6. Orlando Magic (31-27)—Southeast
Games remaining: (24), 12 home, 12 away
Remaining opponents’ record: 699-703 (.499)
Toughest stretch: March 15-18: @SAC, @LAC, @SEA
Easiest stretch: March 28-April 1: vs. ATL, vs. TOR, vs. WAS
Division Games: (5) @CHA, vs. CHA, vs. ATL, vs. WAS, vs. MIA

7. Chicago Bulls (29-27)—Central

Games remaining: (26) 12 home, 14 away
Remaining opponents’ record: 674-801 (.407)
Toughest stretch: March 11-15: @SEA, @LAC, vs. SEA
Easiest stretch: April 15-19: vs. ORL, @ATL, vs. NYK
Division Games: (5) vs. MIL, vs. IND, vs. CLE, vs. DET, @IND

8. Philadelphia 76ers (29-30)—Atlantic
Games remaining: (23) 13 home, 10 away
Remaining Opponents’ record: 655-651 (.502)
Toughest stretch: March 27-April 3: @LAL, @SAC, @PHX, vs. DAL, @BOS
Easiest stretch: March 8-13: vs. GS, vs. CHA, @TOR
Division Games: (5) @TOR, vs. TOR, @BOS, vs. BOS, @NJ
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9. Indiana Pacers (29-30) 0.0 GB—Central
Games remaining: (23) 12 home, 11 away
Remaining opponents’ record: 683-666 (.506)
Toughest stretch: March 23-26: vs. SAS, @DET, @CHI
Easiest stretch: April 10-13: vs. NYK, @TOR, vs. NJ
Division Games: (6) @CLE, @DET, @CHI. @MIL, vs. CLE, vs. CHI

10. New Jersey Nets (26-34), 3.5 GB—Atlantic
Games remaining: (22) 11 home, 11 away
Remaining Opponents’ record: 610-641 (.488)
Toughest stretch: March 8-12: @SAS, @NO, @MIA
Easiest stretch: March 28-April 2: @CHA, vs. LAC, @NYK, vs. ORL
Division Games: (6) @NYK, vs. NYK, vs. BOS, @TOR, vs. PHI, @BOS

11. Toronto Raptors (25-34), 4.0 GB—Atlantic

Games remaining: (23) 12 home, 11 away
Remaining Opponents’ record: 617-680 (.476)
Toughest stretch: March 13-20: vs. PHI, @BOS, @DET, VS. CLE
Easiest stretch: April 8-11: vs. ATL, @CHI, vs. IND
Division Games: (6) vs. PHI, @BOS, @PHI, @NYK, vs. NJ, vs. BOS

12. New York Knicks (25-34), 4.0 GB—Atlantic
Games remaining: (23) 11 home, 12 away
Remaining Opponents’ record: 632-655 (.491)
Toughest stretch: March 19-25: @MIA, vs. SAS, vs. BOS, @SEA
Easiest stretch: April 1-5: vs. NJ, @MIL, vs. IND
Division Games: (4) vs. BOS, vs. NJ, @NJ, vs. TOR

13. Milwaukee Bucks (24-33), 4.0 GB—Central
Games remaining: (25), 12 home, 13 away
Remaining opponents’ record: 698-766 (.477)
Toughest stretch: March 18-22: vs. WAS, @DEN, @SEA
Easiest stretch: March 8-12: vs. ATL, vs. DAL (no Dirk?), @NOR
Division Games: (5) @CHI, vs. CLE, vs. IND, @CLE, @DET


Western Conference later this week....

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