Here's our competition for the 8th seed Indiana Pacers (26-32 : 5.5 games ahead of us): 24 games left 13 on the road 14 games against >.500 teams Three 3-game road trips Two 3-game home stands. 6 back-to-backs We're going to play them twice (one home one away) and we split the season series 1-1 so far. 11 of the next 16 are road games, so if they're gonna trip any time, it is now. If we don't catch Indiana by 3/26 when we play them at home, we ain't gonna catch them. Charlotte Bobcats (26-33 : 5 games ahead of us): 23 games left 12 on the road 14 games against >.500 teams One 3-game, and one 4-game road trips Two 3-game home stands 5 back-to-backs We'll play them once in Detroit and they're leading the season series 2-1. 7 of their next 10 are on the road and other than a game in Toronto, they're all very tough games. This is when they'll trip. Milwaukee Bucks (22-36 : 0.5 games ahead of us): 24 games left 11 on the road 13 games against >.500 teams Two 3-game road trips One 3-game and one 4-game home stands 7 back-to-backs We'll play them twice (starting tonight, one home one away). Season series tied 1-1. Bucks have a tough schedule left. I doubt they'll finish better than 10th. Detroit Pistons (22-39): 21 games left 11 on the road 9 games against >.500 teams One 3-game road trip 5 back-to-backs We have 5 games against Bucks, Bobcats and Pacers combined. We must win those 5. We have a tough road trip coming up against San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Denver. We gotta get something out of that trip. We can't afford to go 0-3. We need to win our home games. Of the 10 home games left, the only tough ones are against New York, Miami and Chicago. We have a chance. A remote one, but a chance nonetheless. We play mostly against losing teams the rest of the way and only have one bad road trip remaining. Pacers would be the toughest to catch.