G League Eastern Conference Playoff Race Re-Rack with One Week Left
Look out for the defending NBA G League champions as Raptors 905 officially qualified last week. Can they surge past the Knicks this week? Stay tuned for that and more intrigue in the East.
Westchester Knicks: 31-17*
Raptors 905: 30-17
The closest division race in the league keeps the pressure applied as both teams have clinched. A 2-1 week all on the road for Westchester was pretty good. Raptors 905 winning all four of their outings was even better. A razor thin margin and close tiebreaker battle looms for both. Westchester this week: Wednesday at Wisconsin, Friday vs. Erie. Raptors 905 this week: Tuesday at Reno, Thursday at Clippers, Saturday vs. Maine.
Fort Wayne Mad Ants: 27-20*
The division title track still exists and a win against visiting Wisconsin on Monday will clinch a playoff spot. The previous week featured a pair of losses against division rivals then a win over Erie. This weekend a home game with Windy City and Saturday at Erie.
Erie BayHawks: 26-22*
Not exactly a playoff lock after dropping all three against playoff contenders last week. A head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over Lakeland may come in handy. This week: Friday at Westchester, Saturday vs. Fort Wayne.
Grand Rapids Drive: 26-21
Home sweet home sweep puts Grand Rapids in the driver’s seat. The Tuesday night game at Windy City is HUGE. A win eliminates the Bulls and puts further pressure on Fort Wayne. Also this week: Friday vs. Greensboro, Saturday vs. Long Island.
Long Island Nets: 26-21
A home split still kept the pursuers at bay. If they redeem their loss at Lakeland Tuesday, they will arrive in the postseason in their second season of operation. Also this week: Friday at Maine, Saturday at Grand Rapids.
Lakeland Magic: 25-22
Huge past week for the expansion Magic with victories over Canton, Long Island and Maine as Byron Mullens has been a massive part of their revival. If Lakeland takes care of business this week, that Long Island-Grand Rapids game may be of huge importance. This week: Tuesday vs. Long Island Nets, Friday and Saturday vs. Delaware.
Windy City Bulls: 23-24
All that matters is Tuesday night against Grand Rapids. Then all that matters is Friday at Fort Wayne. You get the idea against Greensboro on Saturday.
Austin Spurs* 31-16
South Bay Lakers* 28-19
Oklahoma City Blue* 26-21
Texas Legends 27-20
Rio Grande Valley Vipers 26-20
Reno Bighorns 26-21
Sioux Falls Skyforce 25-22