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02-25-2013, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by MNNumbers View Post
Again, concerning the wild-card:

7 - team conference 4/7 = 57%

8 - team conference 4.5/8 = 56% I call it 4.5/8 because only one of them will make the round of 16. As a Numbers guy, it's not perfect, but it's the best justification to 'even' the discrepancy.
Ya know...

Maybe the PA agrees with the League that if the playoffs were top four for the western two conferences, with them playing six games within their conference and two games out of conference, that a strict top-four would be the right thing to do.

Which means the easiest way to fix the eastern two conferences would be to do a play-in of the worst fourth-place team against the best fifth-place team. It aligns the numbers as MNN suggests. That also means having a "cross-over" doesn't kill the starting times of the eastern teams, either.

Heck, I'd be fine with having the eastern two conferences qualifying for the playoffs like a single conference, if the matrix would look something like:
28 games = 2 games per 14 western conference teams
24 games = 3 games against other eastern "conference"
30 games = 4 games against in-conference (4 per team, two teams are five)
Then stack the playoffs accordingly.

Tell me that doesn't make every game in the eastern two conferences mean something.

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