7. Chicago, April 14
Derrick Rose could be back by this point. But the Bulls have a back-to-back against New York and Toronto leading into this Sunday matinee. That screams “schedule loss” for Chicago.
8. At New Orleans, Friday
Hornets have knocked off Utah, San Antonio, Portland (twice), Boston and Memphis at home this year.
9. Philadelphia, April 6
Fat chance of Philly getting this victory. Sixers are wrapping up a dreadfully disappointing season with 12 of 16 on the road.
10. At Orlando, Monday
Magic have dropped 24 of 28 for a reason.
11. Orlando, April 17
Miami is liable to rest its big guns in this season finale. So the only thing keeping this one from being ranked higher — other than the opponent — is the potential for an earlier loss.
12. Charlotte, Sunday
With the Bobcats on the second night of a back-to-back, forget about it.
13. At Charlotte, April 5
The Bobcats will be vying for the most lottery balls by this point … and they're the Bobcats.