The Rest of the Eastern Conference Season Seeds 5-9
Using the most pessimistic approach as a Bulls fan and the most optimistic approach as a fan of any of the other teams. PROBABLY not realistic (Not factoring in back to backs, injuries, road/home games) but this is the best (I think) any of the remaining teams can do.
Miami: Current record 34-32 (After hosting the Bulls on 3/12/10)
12 Wins over the rest of the regular season over: Philly, New York, Philly, New Jersey, Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Indiana, Minnesota, Philly, Detroit
4 Losses to: Orlando, San Antonio, Charlotte, Toronto
Overall Miami record after the season’s last game: 46-36
Charlotte: Current record 33-31
14 wins over: LA Clippers, Indiana, Miami, Minnesota, Washington, Philly, Milwaukee, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, Detroit, New Jersey, Chicago, Miami
4 losses to: Orlando, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Toronto
Overall Charlotte record: 47-35
Toronto: Current Record 32-31
11 wins over: Golden State, New Jersey, Minnesota, Miami, Charlotte, LA Clippers, Philly, Golden State, Chicago, New York, Detroit
8 losses to: Portland, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Utah, Denver, Cleveland, Atlanta, Boston
Overall Toronto record: 43-39
Milwaukee: Current Record: 35-29 after win over Utah (3/12/10’s game),
8 Wins over: Indiana, LA Clippers, Sacramento, Philly, LA Clippers, Chicago, New Jersey, Philly
10 losses to: Denver, Atlanta, Miami, Memphis, Cleveland, Charlotte, Phoenix, Atlanta, Boston, Boston
Overall Milwaukee: 43-39
Chicago: Current Record (After 3/12/10 loss in Miami) 31-34
6 Wins over: Philly, Houston, New Jersey, Detroit, Washington, New Jersey,
11 losses to: Memphis, Dallas, Cleveland, Miami, Phoenix, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Boston, Cleveland, Toronto, Charlotte
Overall Chicago: 37-45
Standings will be:
5. Overall Charlotte record: 47-35
6. Overall Miami record: 46-36
7/8. Overall Toronto record: 43-39-Overall Milwaukee: 43-39
9. Overall Chicago: 37-45
Again, this is being as pessimistic as possible as a Chicago fan. Do I hope we make the playoffs? Yes, I do. This was created so that hopes wouldn’t be crushed. It’s always better to prepare for the worst, yes? So tell me if you think this is plausible or not.
*disclaimer: I didn't use any stats in the creation of this, just went through the schedule.
EDIT: Hollinger power rankings say that Chicago has a 37.8% of making the playoffs & 0.5% of Lottery.