Like any other playoff-bound team around the league, the Brooklyn Nets have been continuously striving to land the best possible seed in their conference.
Yet, due to rather unusual circumstances, if coach Jason Kidd’s squad is unable to move up in the standings from their current No. 5 spot, a drop to No. 6 six has the potential to benefit them in the opening round of the postseason.
No, I’m not suggesting that tanking is the way the Nets should go over these last few games, however, the possibility of the sixth seed producing a more favorable matchup for them is something that should be noted.
Everything is dependent on who sits in the East’s third spot at season’s end. If the team that currently occupies that slot, the Toronto Raptors, secure it, then the sixth seed would be the more favorable position for Brooklyn than being the fourth or fifth and having to face the Chicago Bulls or Washington Wizards.
Of course the thought of dropping down a spot doesn’t sound desirable at first, but if it means the Nets will meet the Raptors in the first round, it will actually help them. Obviously home-court advantage is always a plus, but Brooklyn’s chances on the road against a division rival in Toronto would be better than hosting a series against a Bulls team that plays with more grit than anyone else — and won a Game 7 at Barclays last season — or welcoming in a Wizards club the Nets were unable to defeat even once this season.
Things can flip-flop greatly with only a handful of games remaining in the regular season, but if falling down to the sixth seed results in the Nets battling the Raptors to start the playoffs, they shouldn’t be disappointed one bit.