LA Clippers: The Perfect Playoff Scenario in 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31: Sindarius Thornwell #0, Jerome Robinson #10, and Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers react to a play during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 31, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31: Sindarius Thornwell #0, Jerome Robinson #10, and Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers react to a play during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 31, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – FEBRUARY 27: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz defends against Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on February 27, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – FEBRUARY 27: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz defends against Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on February 27, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images) /

Denver Does Their Thing

So, I already covered that Denver losing to the Blazers would be helpful. Ideally though, we don’t want Denver to drop too many though. If the Rockets end up going 2-1, Denver just needs to go 2-2 in their final four.

  • Friday, April 5 – vs. Portland Trail Blazers
  • Sunday, April 7 – @ Portland Trail Blazers
  • Tuesday, April 9 – @ Utah Jazz
  • Wednesday, April 10 – vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Winning two of those (ideally, just dropping the Blazers games) keeps them at 54-28, which should hold onto the second seed. Stay ahead of the Rockets. That’s all we can ask for.

Utah Stays Ahead

The last team that really has an impact on us is the Utah Jazz. We honestly just need to stay behind them and let them take the five seed. Assuming we go 1-2 like I listed out earlier, the Jazz would stay right ahead of us. (One of our predicted losses is against them). In case you wanted to see, here are who the Jazz have left to face:

Friday, April 5 – vs. Sacramento Kings

Sunday, April 7 – @ Los Angeles Lakers

Tuesday, April 9 – vs. Denver Nuggets

Wednesday, April 10 – @ LA Clippers