National Lacrosse League 2012: Week 17 Previews and Predictions

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National Lacrosse League 2012: Week 17 Previews and Predictions
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Week 16 action in the National Lacrosse League sealed up the remaining playoff spots and left the defending West Division champs on the outside looking in. The final weekend will decide who plays whom in the East.

There are still a few interesting story lines to resolve.

Colorado's John Grant Jr. needs only six points to break the NLL single season scoring record. As he is averaging over eight points a game, this seems like a pretty sure thing.

Right behind Grant is Garrett Billings of the Toronto Rock, who currently has 106 points and is also within striking distance of John Tavares' record.

In addition, both Billings and Philadelphia's Dan Dawson have already shattered the single season assists record. The question now is which one will finish with the most assists and how high the bar will be set when they're done.

The East teams are all active and jockeying for position. Three teams could end up tied for second at 7-9, which would require the tiebreaker formula to be invoked to determine seeding.

Toronto can do no worse than 8-8 and will be trying to build some momentum by winning their last game and moving up to 9-7.

All in all, three out of four games have implications for playoff positioning and the fourth will be a sneak preview of the first round of the West playoffs.

Should be some interesting stuff...

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