Losing to Improve Playoffs

I’m interested in thoughts on intentionally losing to improve your position in the playoffs. Here’s the scenario:

I’ve already locked up the #1 seed. If I lose this week, it would move a much better team into the other side of the playoff bracket and a much worse team into my side.

Basketball reference incoming: I view this similar to Popovich benching his starters to avoid playing the hot team in the playoffs.


Strategically, I find this okay. If I saw someone in my league do it, I wouldn’t be happy, but completely understand that you’re trying to improve your chances at winning (that’s the point, right?). Your league may or may not react to that decision, so that is something to consider.

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