Countdown to the 2013 Playoffs
The 2012-2013 NBA season is drawing to a close. With that in mind, 8p9s will be counting down toward four key goals that this year’s Pacers have within reach:
1. Central Division Title – ACHIEVED
2. Homecourt Advantage in the First Round – ACHIEVED
3. #3 Seed
4. #2 Seed
We’ll do this using “Magic Numbers” (established as of March 25) and updating the following charts regularly, along with key information about the Pacers and their opponents in each race.
What happened last night?
The Pacers tried to win a game with almost three quarters tied behind their backs – again.
Unfortunately for Indiana, the Nets are not the Cavs, and they blew a chance to clinch the #3 seed. Given Brooklyn’s schedule, Indiana will need to win one of their final three games to grab the #3 – thanks to their division title. It seems like a reasonable goal, provided you completely ignore the team’s play in April.
Elsewhere, the Knicks beat the Cavs, knocking their magic number for locking up the #2 seed to 1.
What’s happening tonight?
The Pacers get to think about how poorly they’ve been playing, while sitting in New York.
The Race Details
Pacers’ Remaining Schedule
- Next Game: @ New York Knicks (52-27 overall, 29-10 at home) on Sunday, April 14th.
- Pacers Remaining Schedule: 3 total games (1 home, 2 on the road, 2 vs. teams over .500)
- Pacers’ remaining SoSHR: .563 (8th hardest in the NBA)
Central Division Title - ACHIEVED
Homecourt Advantage in the First Round - ACHIEVED
#3 Seed in the East
- Closest Opponent: Brooklyn Nets
- Magic Number: 1
- Nets’ Remaining Schedule: 3 games (2 home, 1 road, 1 vs. teams over .500)
- Nets’ Remaining SoSHR: .424 (24th hardest in the NBA)
- Tiebreaker: Correction: Pacers technically hold the tiebreaker, as division winners get the nod over non-division winners. Nets hold the tiebreaker (up in season series 2-0 and will win it, though the teams play once more in Indiana on April 12)
#2 Seed in the East
- Closest Opponent: New York Knicks
MagicTragic Number: 1
- Knicks’ Remaining Schedule: 3 games (2 home, 1 road, 2 vs. teams over .500)
- Knicks’ Remaining SoSHR: .408 (26th hardest in the NBA)
- Tiebreaker: Pacers hold the tiebreaker (up in season series 2-1, but the two teams play one last game in New York on April 14, and a 2-2 split could favor New York, which currently has a slightly better winning percentage against Eastern Conference opponents)