Cold morning everyone, and welcome to another edition of Casual Scoreboard Watching Friday, where I document every team with connections that impact the Sixers' first round draft picks. This is also known as every team in the NBA, or so it feels like.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
Boston Celtics: Lost to the Warriors, lost to the Cavs, win verse the Jazz. Over the past few weeks the Celtics have gotten themselves back in the playoff picture and could feasibly pass the Heat. The Sixers need three teams in the Eastern Conference to pass the Heat. If the Celtics are one of them, that's fantastic, but please, three teams, stand up and do it.
Brooklyn Nets: Lost at Houston, win at Dallas, win verse the Fighting Steph Currys, loss against the Fighting MJs. The Nets remain two games behind Miami and two games behind from filling me with glorious schadenfreude. Please pass Miami, Brooklyn. You know you want to.
Charlotte Hornets: Lost at Boston, win at Magic, win verse Lakers, win at Brooklyn. Last week I said the Hornets were the team most likely to falter, and although beating the Magic, Lakers, and Nets is not exactly a murderer's row of opposition, the Hornets do suddenly find themselves within a game of the Heat, something only they and the Pacers can say.
Denver Nuggets: Lost at Utah, lost at New Orleans, won versus Milwaukee, won against Minnesota. Tanking from the Nuggets brings them closer to the Lakers increasing the albeit small chance that pick conveys this season and it betters the position of the Sixers first of many second round picks. More Nugs tanking, please.
Detroit Pistons: Lost at Knicks (really!), lost at Washington, lost at New Orleans. The Pistons are four games back from Miami and are quickly falling out of this. For now they have taken the role I had originally assigned Charlotte as team likely to falter down the stretch, which is good because SVG has earned the mockery.
Indiana Pacers: Defeated the Cavs, defeated the Sixers, defeated the Knicks. It's only a matter of time before the Pacers pass Miami.
Los Angeles Lakers: Beat the Bucks, lost at Charlotte, lost at Miami. Damn you, Lakers. Damn you. Wednesday night will not be soon forgotten. Damn you, Lakers. Damn you. If the season ended today, this pick would have a 17.2% chance of conveying to the Sixers at 6th or 7th overall, though that could come at the price of teams jumping the Sixers.
Miami Heat: Lost at New Orleans, lost verse Atlanta, beat Phoenix, and beat the Lakers. Another week gone by, and still no team has past the Heat. With the Sixers really preferring the Heat to finish out of the playoffs and with the 11th worst record in the league, It's getting to the point where the scale of rooting for Heat wins and rooting for Heat losses is beginning to tip more toward rooting for Heat losses, especially with Detroit falling out and the Hornets, Celtics, and Nets being the Hornets, Celtics, and a team run by Billy King. If the season ended today, this pick would convey to the Sixers at 16th overall.
Milwaukee Bucks: Lost to the Lakers, lost to the Jazz, lost to the Nuggets, lost to the Warriors. Keep losing Milwaukee, and don't get any ideas of passing the Thunder.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Lost at Chicago, and lost at home to Memphis, LA Clippers, and Denver. Minnesota's going in the wrong direction. They are losing when they should be winning to help both the Sixers' pick and the Lakers' pick. They currently have one loss less than the Sixers and Knicks.
New Orleans Pelicans: Beat the Heat, beat the Nuggets, lost at Dallas, beat the Pistons. The Pellies are one win behind the Thunder. Though I'm confident in the Thunder's ability to hold off New Orleans, some Pellies losses would not hurt things.
New York Knicks: Beat the Pistons, beat the Raptors, lost to the Kings, lost to the Pacers. The Knicks went .500 this week and are level on losses with the Sixers. It's a goddamn miracle.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Lost to the Trial Blazers, beat the Lakers, beat the Sixers, lost to the Bulls but not before Russell Westbrook created a mess in Steve Smith's pants. The Thunder are currently equal in wins with the Wizards but have one more loss then them. If the season ended today, the Thunder pick would not convey to the Sixers.
Philadelphia 76ers: They're the Sixers! You already know what they did this week! If the season ended today, the Sixers would have a 19.9% chance of picking 1st overall.
Orlando Magic: Lost to the Hawks, Hornets, and Suns. It's going to be really difficult for the Magic to pass the Sixers in number of losses this season, so lose some more please.
Phoenix Suns: Lost to the Spurs, lost to the Heat, beat the Magic. The Suns are two wins back of the Thunder. I still don't think it's likely they pass them, but it's still worth keeping one eye on for now.
Sacramento Kings: Lost to the Spurs, lost to the Trail Blazers, beat the Knicks, lost to the Spurs (again). 10 losses less then the Sixers, the Kings have no chance of passing our beloveds but losses from them bring them closer to the Lakers. Can the Kings just play the Spurs every game for the rest of the season? That'd be awesome okay thanks bye.
Utah Jazz: Beat the Bucks, beat the Grizzlies, lost at Boston. The Jazz are becoming a threat to pass Miami, which could potentially send the Heat into the top 10 which would spell disaster for the Sixers. Lose more please, Utah, especially after I begged the Heat to lose a little more than they win above. I don't want to regret those sentences.
Washington Wizards: Lost to the Sixers, beat the Pistons, lost to the Bulls. What an incredible time this is to not be a Wizards fan, meaning it is an incredible time to be a Sixers fan rooting for Washington losses. The Wizards are quickly ceasing to be my top concern on teams that could prevent the OKC pick from conveying.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Believe it or not, I filtered out games that have no Sixers draft pick ramifications whatsoever. CAPS represent first round draft picks the Sixers own, though the Nuggets are included in this list as they are real bad and the Sixers own their second round pick. I subtracted no teams this week, added the Celtics, and I want to be paid by the word for this.
Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets 7:00 (League Pass)
Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers 7:00 (League Pass)
Sacramento Kings vs. Orlando Magic 7:00 (League Pass)
Utah Jazz vs. SIXERS 7:00 (CSN)
HEAT vs. Washington Wizards 7:00 (League Pass)
Phoenix Suns vs. Brooklyn Nets 8:00 (ESPN)
Detroit Pistons vs. Houston Rockets 8:00 (League Pass)
LAKERS vs. Memphis Grizzlies 8:00 (League Pass)
Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans 8:00 (League Pass)
Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs 8:30 (League Pass)
Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans 7:00 (League Pass)
Phoenix Suns vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 7:30 (NBA TV)
Sacramento Kings vs. HEAT 7:30 (League Pass)
Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks 7:30 (League Pass)
Atlanta Hawks vs. SIXERS 7:30 (CSN)
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 8:00 (League Pass)
Washington Wizards vs. Milwaukee Bucks 8:30 (League Pass)
Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets 9:00 (League Pass)
Utah Jazz vs. Brooklyn Nets 6:00 (League Pass)
Charlotte Hornets vs. Detroit Pistons 6:00 (League Pass)
Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic 6:00 (League Pass)
Toronto Raptors vs. THUNDER 7:00 (NBA TV)
Dallas Mavericks vs. LAKERS 9:30 (NBA TV)
Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Hornets 7:00 (League Pass)
Sacramento Kings vs. Atlanta Hawks 7:30 (League Pass)
Boston Celtics vs. HEAT 7:30 (League Pass)
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks 8:00 (League Pass)
New York Knicks vs. Denver Nuggets 9:00 (League Pass)
Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns 10:00 (League Pass)
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers 10:30 (League Pass)
Orlando Magic vs. Indiana Pacers 7:00 (League Pass)
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn Nets 7:30 (League Pass)
New York Knicks vs. Utah Jazz 9:00 (League Pass)
Detroit Pistons vs. LAKERS 10:30 (League Pass)
Sacramento Kings vs. Charlotte Hornets 7:00 (League Pass)
Chicago Bulls vs. SIXERS 7:00 (CSN)
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Boston Celtics 7:30 (League Pass)
Brooklyn Nets vs. HEAT 7:30 (League Pass)
Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks 8:00 (League Pass)
Los Angeles Clippers vs. THUNDER 8:00 (ESPN)
Atlanta Hawks vs. Denver Nuggets 9:00 (League Pass)
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns 10:00 (League Pass)
Detroit Pistons vs. Golden State Warriors 10:30 (League Pass)
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers 7:00 (League Pass)
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Washington Wizards 7:00 (TNT)
Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz 9:00 (League Pass)
New York Knicks vs. LAKERS 10:30 (League Pass)