There are six, count em SIX, teams vying for one last playoff in the East.

Milwaukee, Chicago, New Jersey, Charlotte, Indiana, and New York all sit exactly 1.5 games within each other.

Now first of all, you're thinking, "It's the 8th sed, what's to play for, the right to be beaten in 4 or 5 games by the Cavs or Celtics?"

But it's more than that, it's prestige, it's experience, hell it's generating more revenue for the team. It's a win/win unless you're sitting in a deep draft class up until the 12th pick or so...

Anyways.

I'm gonna break down all of the teams' schedules, and see who, if that's possible, has the best chance to get in.



Milwaukee:

9 of their last 15 games are at home
10 of their last 15 games are against teams with .500 records are better
7 of their last 15 games are against teams with .600 records or better
3 of their last 15 games are against teams with .400 records or worse
10 of their last 15 games are against Eastern conference teams
2 of their last 15 teams are against one of the other five teams vying for the 8th seed


Fri 13 vs New Orleans
Sun 15 vs Boston
Wed 18 vs Orlando
Sat 21 vs Portland
Wed 25 @ Toronto
Fri 27 @ Orlando
Sat 28 @ Miami
Mon 30 @ New Jersey
Wed 01 vs LA Lakers
Thu 02 @ Philadelphia
Sat 04 vs Memphis
Wed 08 vs Atlanta
Sat 11 vs Oklahoma City
Mon 13 vs Orlando
Wed 15 @ Indiana


Chicago:

10 of their last 16 games are at home
7 of their last 16 games are against teams with .500 records or better
2 of their last 16 games are against teams with .600 records or better
4 of their last 16 games are against teams with .400 records or worse
13 of their last 16 games are against Eastern conference teams
5 of their last 16 games are against one of the other five teams vying for the 8th seed


Fri 13 @ Philadelphia
Sat 14 vs New Orleans
Wed 18 @ Oklahoma City
Sat 21 vs LA Lakers
Mon 23 @ Washington
Tue 24 vs Detroit
Thu 26 vs Miami
Sat 28 vs Indiana
Sun 29 @ Toronto
Tue 31 @ Indiana
Sat 04 vs New Jersey
Tue 07 vs New York
Thu 09 vs Philadelphia
Sat 11 vs Charlotte
Mon 13 @ Detroit
Wed 15 vs Toronto


New Jersey:

8 of their last 18 games are at home
11 of their last 18 games are against teams with .500 records or better
7 of their last 18 games are against teams with .600 records or better
2 of their last 18 games are against teams with .400 records or worse
13 of their last 18 games are against Eastern conference teams
5 of their last 18 games are against one of the other five teams vying for the 8th seed


Fri 13 @ Portland
Sun 15 @ LA Clippers
Mon 16 @ Denver
Wed 18 @ New York
Fri 20 vs Miami
Sun 22 vs Cleveland
Wed 25 @ Cleveland
Fri 27 vs LA Lakers
Sun 29 @ Minnesota
Mon 30 vs Milwaukee
Wed 01 vs Detroit
Sat 04 @ Chicago
Sun 05 vs Philadelphia
Wed 08 @ Boston
Fri 10 @ Detroit
Sat 11 vs Orlando
Mon 13 vs Charlotte
Wed 15 @ New York


Charlotte:

8 of their last 18 games are at home
8 of their last 18 games are against teams with .500 records or better
4 of their last 18 games are against teams with .600 records or better
6 of their last 18 games are against teams with .400 records or worse
13 of their last 18 games are against Eastern conference teams
4 of their last 18 games are against one of the five other teams vying for the 8th seed

Fri 13 vs Houston
Sat 14 @ Minnesota
Mon 16 vs Toronto
Wed 18 vs Sacramento
Fri 20 @ Toronto
Sat 21 vs Indiana
Wed 25 @ Washington
Fri 27 @ Philadelphia
Sat 28 vs New York
Tue 31 vs LA Lakers
Wed 01 @ Boston
Fri 03 vs Miami
Sun 05 @ Detroit
Tue 07 vs Philadelphia
Fri 10 @ Oklahoma City
Sat 11 @ Chicago
Mon 13 @ New Jersey
Wed 15 @ Orlando


Indiana:

10 of their last 16 games are at home
8 of their last 16 games are against teams with .500 records or better
4 of their last 16 games are against teams with .600 records or better
4 of their last 16 games are against teams with .400 records or worse
12 of their last 16 games are against Eastern conference teams
4 of their last 16 games are against one of the other five teams vying for the 8th seed


Fri 13 @ Atlanta
Sun 15 @ Toronto
Wed 18 vs Portland
Fri 20 vs Dallas
Sat 21 @ Charlotte
Wed 25 vs Miami
Sat 28 @ Chicago
Sun 29 vs Washington
Tue 31 vs Chicago
Fri 03 vs San Antonio
Sun 05 @ Oklahoma City
Wed 08 vs Toronto
Fri 10 @ Atlanta
Sat 11 vs Detroit
Mon 13 vs Cleveland
Wed 15 vs Milwaukee


New York:

8 of their last 18 games are at home
9 of their last 18 games are against teams with .500 records or better
7 of their last 18 games are against teams with .600 records or better
5 of their last 18 games are against teams with .400 records or worse
12 of their last 18 games are against Eastern conference teams
4 of their last 18 games are against one of the other five teams vying for the 8th seed


Fri 13 @ Minnesota
Sun 15 @ Cleveland
Wed 18 vs New Jersey
Fri 20 vs Sacramento
Sat 21 @ Orlando
Mon 23 vs Orlando
Wed 25 vs LA Clippers
Fri 27 vs New Orleans
Sat 28 @ Charlotte
Mon 30 @ Utah
Tue 31 @ Denver
Sat 04 vs Toronto
Sun 05 @ Toronto
Tue 07 @ Chicago
Wed 08 vs Detroit
Fri 10 @ Orlando
Sun 12 @ Miami
Wed 15 vs New Jersey




So let's see who wins each category:

Home games - Ind/Chi (10 of 16)
Vs .500+ teams - Cha (8 of 18)
Vs .600+ teams - Chi (2 of 16)
Vs .400- teams - Cha (6 of 18)
Vs their own Conf - Chi (13 of 16)
Facing 1 of other 5 teams - Chi (5 of 16)


I'd say, in order, the 6 teams are gonna finish as

8.Chicago
9.Charlotte
10.Indiana
11.Milwaukee
12.New Jersey
13.New York


Thoughts?