13-8? Try 14-7. 45-16 + 14-7 = 59-23.
If the Kings have a 59-23 record, we have to be 60-22 to assure home court.
Past that, as it currently stands we have the first tie breaker, so if we go 60-22 they need to go 15-6 to have a chance. So don't be so fast to make it easy for the Kings, Jose.
That aside, our last 16 games have gone WWWLWWWLWWWLWWWW. If we can keep up with "WWWL" IE for every 4 games we go at least 3-1, we will go 15-5 and end up at 61-21. I think that's actually do-able. Especially with Ron already here. Hell, he's the reason we're 3-0 on this trip already. I think we'd be 1-2 at best had he stayed on the IL.
Here's the schedule, but let's break it into blocks of 4 this time:
Well, this should be a 4-0 stretch, really. Denver worries me in that they could be mad as a hornet right now and just blow up on us, but assuming we keep them in check, we come home 4-0 on the West trip, and our reward is to beat up Toronto at home. Boston isn't as dangerous they were with O'Brien there, and we were the better team then. I think we can win that one. Cleveland is getting better, and this is their last chance to beat us and it's in their house. Again I think we can win, but it'll be pretty tough. Let's say we drop this one. That leaves us at 3-1 for this block.
7 Sun @ Denver
9 Tue Toronto
12 Fri @ Boston
14 Sun @ Cleveland
This is tougher. Portland can give you trouble, but then after the trade they haven't been so hot. Combine that with we're at home, and I think we take this one. The next two are ones I'd have to play the optimist to say with certainty we'll win. I'd say both are 50/50. Chicago at Conseco better be a gimme, and we need some realistic balance to this thing, so I'll say we go 2-2
17 Wed Portland
19 Fri Sacramento
20 Sat @ Memphis
22 Mon Chicago
Dallas will be looking for payback, but we're at home and we should be up to play them anyway. It all depends on how hot the Mavs get. I'll have to say 50/50 again. @ Orlando: They give us trouble, but really, we should take care of business. Miami at home, same deal. @ Milwaukee will be tough. It's one of those inferior teams that's built in such a way to give us real problems anyway. However, we're due to beat them, so I saw we win. That makes us 3-1 here.
24 Wed Dallas
26 Fri @ Orlando
28 Sun Miami
30 Tue @ Milwaukee
Milwaukee again. Well, if my prediction comes true and we get them at their house, I think we'll make it a sweep and take'm at home too. Toronto in our house again, should be another victory. @ Detroit. Asking me to tell you what will happen here is impossible. I'll write it off as a loss to be conservative, though. New York will be ours. Period. Another 3-1 stretch.
31 Wed Milwaukee
2 Fri Toronto
4 Sun @ Detroit
6 Tue New York
Ah, the Final Stretch. We into Toronto, and they are playing the role of spoiler. We'll either be gearing up for the playoffs and already be in the middle of our push toward it, or we're resting JO. Assuming JO doesn't sit, I think we can hold on once again in Toronto. They just happen to be a team that Al does well against, apparently, and he + JO + Ron having decent games is too much for that team. You know we'll be up for New Jersey, and I'm feeling good about this one for one reason or another, and I say we get it. Philadelphia is hard to guess. Either they're still missing guys and have given up on the year, which means they're just playing to spoil, or they've gone on enough of a role that they're fighting for a playoff seed, and it becomes a battle. Again, to keep balance I say we lose here. We'd damn well better win the Chicago game. 3-1
7 Wed @ Toronto
9 Fri New Jersey
12 Mon @ Philadelphia
14 Wed Chicago
If that's how it goes down, we'll end up 60-22.
The most "up in the air" games for me are vs Sacramento, vs Dallas, and @ Detroit. If we win any of these, we're either 61-21, 62-20, or 63-19.