Bucks Control Playoff Destiny

March 5, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Larry Sanders (8) blocks a shot from Philadelphia 76ers guard Louis Williams (23) during the first half at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

The Milwaukee Bucks will make the playoffs if they win their remaining six games.

In their final regular-season home game of the season, the Philadelphia 76ers took one more step toward falling out of the playoff race.  By losing to the Pacers, 102-97, the 76ers fell within 1.5 games of Milwaukee (and 1 game in the loss column).  Since Milwaukee and Philadelphia have one head-to-head game remaining, the Bucks can theoretically force no worse than a tie (and win the tiebreaker) by winning six in a row.

But if the Bucks could routinely pull off that feat, they wouldn’t be in this predicament.  Among their stiffest challenges will be a game of their own against Indiana Thursday.  Here is a look at the remaining schedule of each team:

Milwaukee:

Wed 18 @ Washington
Thu 19 @ Indiana
Sat 21 vs New Jersey
Mon 23 vs Toronto
Wed 25 vs Philadelphia
Thu 26 @ Boston

Philadelphia:

Wed 18 @ Cleveland
Sat 21 @ Indiana
Mon 23 @ New Jersey
Wed 25 @ Milwaukee
Thu 26 @ Detroit

Topics: Eastern Conference Playoffs, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers

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