#4 Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic didn't really need luck on their side for this final stretch, seeing how the other sub 0.500 teams in the Eastern Conference have fared so far. But nevertheless, they have the fourth easiest remaining schedule (0.458), which could basically aid them in improving their playoff seeding to as high as the 7th spot realistically. Eight of their next ten clashes are against sub 0.500 teams.
Having lost four of their last ten games, the Magic hold an underwhelming 25-32 (0.439) win-loss record so far. With only 25 matchups remaining in their 2019-20 regular season, they stand 4.5 games clear of the 9th seed Washington Wizards and hope to make the playoffs comfortably.
#3 New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans are scheduled to face the Los Angeles Lakers twice in the coming week, and outside of those two crucial games, their late-season schedule is expected to be a breeze.
With Zion Williamson stacking up 20+ point games effortlessly, the Pelicans playoff push is legit. They have only 25 regular season matchups left on their plate, with a remaining schedule strength of just 0.457 to show.
Sitting at the 10th spot on the West leaderboard, just 3 games outside the playoff picture, NOLA has a genuine chance of squeezing through to the playoff window at the very last moment. With all their firepower in place, they have won seven of their last ten games, including two vital wins over Portland, who stand between them and the 8th seed Grizzlies.Published 25 Feb 2020, 22:46 IST