The Race for the #1 Seed -- The Week Ahead(3/23)

The Cavaliers have finally surpassed the Lakers and hold a 1 1/2 game lead over LA for the best record in the NBA, and home court advantage throughout the playoffs.  Can the Cavs hold on? --

 

Th_cle_2_mediumCleveland Cavaliers(57-13) - Last Week(4-0) - This Week -- 3 Games(3 Home)

Cleveland has now won 9-straight games and holds a commanding lead in the race for the Eastern Conference's best record.  Another week of home cooking could propel the Cavaliers even further as 2 below average teams visit The Q before the Dallas Mavericks come to town next Sunday.  On paper there is little reason to believe the Cavaliers can't push their current win streak to 12 games, but that is why they play the games and LeBron and Co. will have to get it done on the floor.  The Cavaliers are a combined 4-0 this season against New Jersey, Minnesota and Dallas.

3/25 - New Jersey        (30-40)
3/27 - Minnesota           (20-50)
3/29 - Dallas                   (42-28)

Th_cle_2_mediumLos Angeles Lakers(55-14) - Last Week(2-1) - This Week -- 4 Games(4 Away)

Andre Iguodala hit the biggest shot of the week for the Cavaliers, hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat LA last week.  Of course, he plays for Phialdelphia, but every little bit helps at this point of the season.  LA is in the middle of a 7-game East Coast swing that will see them play 6 games in 9 days.  To keep pace with Cleveland, the Lakers may just have to win all of them.

3/24 - @ Oklahoma City     (20-50)
3/26 - @ Detroit                   (34-35)
3/27 - @ New Jersey          (30-40)

3/29 - @ Atlanta                   (41-29)

 Th_bos_mediumBoston Celtics(53-18) - Last Week (3-1) - This Week -- 4 Games(2 Home, 2 Road)

The Celtics got Kevin Garnett back and won a hard fought game in San Antonio to right the ship, though the team appears to be in full "let's just get to the playoffs in one piece" mode.  In other words, the Celtics appear to be conceding the #1 seed to the Cavaliers.  They are still in a battle for the #2 seed, with Orlando right behind the Celtics.  Of course, as the defending champs, the Celtics have proven to be mentally tough and have the confidence to go into any building in the playoffs and get a W.   Wednesday's trip to Orlando should be fun to watch.

3/23 - LA Clippers         (17-53)
3/25 - @ Orlando          (51-18)
3/27 - @ Atlanta            (41-29)
3/29 - Oklahoma City   (20-50)

Th_orl2_mediumOrlando Magic(51-18) - Last Week 2-1 - This Week -- 3 Games(2 Home, 1 Away)

The Magic gave the Cavaliers everything they could handle last week only to come up short.  This week they get to entertain the Celtics, likely with the #2 seed in the East up for grabs.  The #2 seed could have a 1st Round matchup with the Detroit Pistons, however, and despite all thier problems this season the Pistons figure to be a tough out in the playoffs.  The Knicks and Bucks sandwich the Celtics game, so Orlando should keep winning as well.

3/23 - @ New York       (28-41)
3/25 - Boston                (53-18)
3/27 - Milwaukee         (31-40)

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