Hawks, Lakers Struggle All Season Against Fellow Playoff Teams

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – It’s Fan Night on NBA TV, and we’ve got the Hawks and Heat at 7:30 p.m. ET from Miami.

The Heat are looking to extend their win streak to 19 games as they’ve clearly established themselves as the best team in the league. Plus, they’ve have been able to check off every team in the league as a team they’ve beaten this season.

Of their 18 straight wins, nine have come against teams with winning records. And after Sunday’s win over the Pacers, the Heat are now a strong 18-7 against other Eastern Conference playoff teams. The Hawks, meanwhile, are just 6-11 against other East playoff teams, with defense being the biggest issue.

Games played between East playoff teams

Team GP W L Win% OffRtg Rank DefRtg Rank NetRtg Rank
Miami 18 11 7 .611 104.8 1 99.4 5 +5.4 1
Chicago 22 12 10 .545 99.2 6 97.5 1 +1.7 2
New York 18 9 9 .500 103.3 2 102.6 6 +0.8 4
Boston 20 10 10 .500 98.9 7 98.4 3 +0.5 5
Milwaukee 20 10 10 .500 99.3 5 99.3 4 0.0 6
Brooklyn 22 11 11 .500 98.2 8 103.6 7 -5.4 8
Indiana 19 9 10 .474 99.6 4 98.0 2 +1.7 3
Atlanta 17 6 11 .353 100.0 3 104.0 8 -4.0 7
TOTALS 78 78 78   100.3   100.3

OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions

Getting stops will certainly be an issue on Tuesday, when the Hawks play a team that has scored a ridiculous 113.9 points per 100 possessions over the last 18 games.

In general, games between East playoff teams have been pretty ugly. Offenses have barely averaged a point per possession, and the games have played at a pretty slow pace: 92.2 possessions per team per 48 minutes. The average score of the 78 games has been 95-92.

Games played between the top nine teams in the West have been faster (97.5 possessions per team per 48 minutes) and more efficient. The average score has been 106-101.

The Denver Nuggets have done the best in those games, while the Lakers have struggled, especially defensively…

Games played between top nine teams in West

Team GP W L Win% OffRtg Rank DefRtg Rank NetRtg Rank
Denver 25 18 7 .720 105.9 4 102.6 3 +3.3 3
San Antonio 20 13 7 .650 104.7 6 99.2 1 +5.4 2
L.A. Clippers 24 15 9 .625 107.2 2 105.1 5 +2.1 4
Oklahoma City 23 14 9 .609 110.7 1 102.7 4 +8.0 1
Memphis 19 11 8 .579 99.6 9 102.2 2 -2.6 6
Houston 22 9 13 .409 105.1 5 106.9 7 -1.8 5
Utah 21 7 14 .333 102.2 7 109.2 8 -7.0 9
Golden State 23 7 16 .304 100.7 8 105.8 6 -5.0 8
L.A. Lakers 23 6 17 .261 106.4 3 109.7 9 -3.3 7
TOTALS 100 100 100   104.9   104.9

The Lakers play six more games against the other teams in the West’s top nine. That includes five of their last seven games of the season.

22 Comments

  1. Houston Fan says:

    At least Magic Fans have the company of Jazz, Warrior, Rockets fans tonight. We all support your Orlando Magic! (Just for tonight though)

  2. Hoops4Ya says:

    Silly typo… the heat are 11-7 *not 18-7. I don’t see why they don’t brag about the Nuggets who are ACTUALLY 18-7 against playoff teams.

  3. SR says:

    The numbers are skewed for the Lakers because of injuries and coaching changes

  4. MarcN says:

    Since Kobe (who’s been amazing recently), guaranteed making the Playoffs, his team heard him and so has the league. Stats from nba.com. Since that guarantee and upto the recent Bulls win, they are 7&2 and have been sent to the line more times in every game, a startling total of 96 more times. That’s an average of 28.2 free throws per game and 17.5 for their opponents. 6 of the 7 wins were by 9 points or less. In that period against playoff teams in their conference (both losses), they got 4 freebies more than Houston and 18 more than the Thunder. Seems unfair to me. I’m just saying.

  5. Sam says:

    Happens every year? How about the Celtics last year? They got to the Eastern Conference Finals and almost beat the defending champs!! Why comment when your comment is so bad?

  6. The Heat in the East has no competition right now and in the West the Spurs even without Tony Parker still continue to win but the last few years cant make it to the finals ….Best Western Conf. Playoff Picture? http://wp.me/p2g4xX-4W

    • japz says:

      heat has no competition? dont forget the celtics took the heat to a 7th game last season.

    • lakerfan says:

      yes..they top the west but they were eliminated and did not reach the final last year…watch out for the lakers…

      • RB3 says:

        Lakers won’t get past San Antonio or Oklahoma City in the first round. Not to mention that they keep choking in the second round.

  7. W/E says:

    The teams who struggle are simply the ones that will fail in the playoffs. Thats what happens every year.

    • Mytownla says:

      You obviously dont know ish about the game of basketball. There have been plenty of teams who have turned it up for the playoffs and played better than they did in the regular season, just stfu and worry about some other sport that isnt too complicated for u smh

    • DR BBAL says:

      as long as kobe is on the lakers, i am not counting them out

    • herb says:

      didnt the heat struggle against playoff teams the first time they had the big 3. they made it to the finals

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  9. Zeek says:

    Knicks is the best and going to win the championship ring

    • Anon says:

      The Heat, Pacers and Celtics can all eliminate the Knicks in a 7-game series. So stop dreaming.

      • andy says:

        Im a knicks fan but i worry about them 3 teams and chicago hopefully we get to face the hawks the 1st round

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