Last Chance for the Phoenix Suns To Make the Playoffs Thanks to the Grizzlies

Avi ScherContributor IIApril 5, 2009

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There’s no doubt that if the Phoenix Suns want to still make the playoffs that have to win all six games remaining, and hope that the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz lose (yes the Utah Jazz).

How you ask?

The Dallas Mavericks lost to the Memphis grizzlies on Friday, a loss they couldn’t afford, just like the Suns couldn’t afford there loss to the Kings.

Tonight’s game in Dallasis even more important for both teams. The Mav’s know that if they loss to the Suns today they will only be two games away from the Suns, and I’m sure the Mav’s know about the Suns easy schedule, they will be playing the Hornets, Grizzlies and Timberwolves on the road, and end the season at home against the Grizzlies and Warriors. So the Suns can go at least 4 and 1 (5 and 1 if they beat Dallas).

The Mav’s will be facing The Jazz, Hornets, Timberwolves and Rockets at home and New Orleans on the road. Let’s say Dallas loses to Phoenix today and to New Orleans on the road, which means they will have to make sure to beat the Rockets and Hornets and Jazz at home.

All the teams that Dallas will be meeting need to win, they want home court in the first round so they will give it all they got to try and win.

In one of my previous articles I wrote that Utah could be one of the teams that fall because of there tough road games until in the end of the season (I still believe it).

Utah will be playing the Hornets, Mavericks, Spurs and Lakers all on the road (they also have two games at home against the Warriors and Clippers).

Utah has lost 23 home games, only beating one team that is in the playoff run (Detroit Pistons on December 10th 2008).

Since then they have not beaten a playoff team on the road and they will be meeting four of the top playoff teams in there last six games.

If Utah loses all four games and the Phoenix Suns win all six games then Suns will make the playoffs because they will beat Utah in the tiebreaker.

By the way, if the Suns and Mavericks tie, the Suns will be in the playoffs because of the better conference record (of course the Suns have to win today in Dallas so they’ll split there series).

Of course the most important fact is, the Suns have to will all of there games!

Go Suns!