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  • #16
    finish 3rd. finish as the best of the rest in the east behind the big dogs- Ind & Mia and match up against WAS in the 1st round. The Wizards are the best matchup for us in the 1st round. Chicago & Brooklyn are battle tested playoff veterans, we always struggle against Charlotte for some reason and the 8th seed most likely goes to the Knicks who are the hottest team in the league right now and will get all the calls from the refs. doesn't matter who we play in the 2nd round..its about getting there.

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    • #17
      mountio wrote: View Post
      I would agree with this statement speaking in the abstract (ie in any random sport, any random season). But, in this particular set of circumstances, where 3-6 are likely to finish a game or two away from each other (and thus in the grand scheme of things are pretty similar teams) - I would chose the match up. In this case, I think the first round match ups are close enough, that I would default to the better 2nd round match up.

      As people have said here, obviously if Miami gets ahead of Indiana, Id prefer to be 3rd/6th, but to me, Indiana is a MUCH easier 2nd round opponent.
      I've always been a believer in playing to win and let the chips fall where they may. Why worry about something you can't control (whether Miami gets the #1 seed or whether Chicago/Brooklyn get #4/5/6)?

      I say we try to be the 3rd best team in the east this year and enjoy the spoils that come from it. I assure you that no one wants to play the Raptors because we are one scrappy bunch. So let them worry about us and we take all comers!

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      • #18
        So I found this interesting.....

        Eastern Conference
        ACTUAL PROJECTED ODDS (%)
        TEAM W L W L BEST WORST PLAYOFFS DIV NO.1 FINALS CHAMP LOTTERY
        Indiana 51 19 58 24 63-19 52-30 100.0 100.0 65.9 21.0 5.8 0.0
        Miami 47 21 57 25 61-21 50-32 100.0 100.0 34.1 34.7 11.8 0.0
        Toronto 39 30 48 34 52-30 41-41 100.0 86.4 0.0 17.2 3.9 0.0
        Chicago 39 31 46 36 51-31 40-42 100.0 0.0 0.0 11.5 2.2 0.0
        Brooklyn 37 31 45 37 51-31 38-44 100.0 13.6 0.0 5.8 0.8 0.0*
        Washington 36 34 43 39 48-34 36-46 100.0 0.0 0.0 4.7 0.8 0.0
        Charlotte 34 36 41 41 46-36 34-48 99.5 0.0 0.0 3.7 0.5 0.0
        Atlanta 31 37 38 44 45-37 32-50 91.1 0.0 0.0 1.2 0.0 0.0*

        New York 29 41 34 48 40-42 29-53 8.1 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0*
        Cleveland 27 44 32 50 38-44 27-55 1.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.4
        Detroit 25 44 30 52 37-45 25-57 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.8
        Boston 23 47 28 54 34-48 23-59 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.4
        Orlando 19 52 23 59 30-52 19-63 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 14.4
        Philadelphia 15 55 16 66 21-61 15-67 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 23.1
        Milwaukee 13 57 16 66 22-60 13-69 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 22.6
        Sunny ways my friends, sunny ways
        Because its 2015

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