I see what you are saying, but if you are a fringe playoff team you should be beating the worst teams in the league anyway. Most teams get to play each other roughly the same amount of times (East vs West definitely) so it's not too unfair. It's just more in focus at the end of the season. I can't feel too much sympathy for the fans in this situation if they still choose to punish themselves by going to the games. I just can't believe people would be turning up at that point in the season still hoping to see a win and then feel aggrieved if they don't (whether by tanking means or not).