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Another week down, and the Celtics have another losing streak going, dropping behind Miami’s Big Three. The Cavaliers are the worst team in the NBA without you-know-who. Orlando is still going strong. And while the West’s eight are fairly well-entrenched, the East still has a couple of spots up for grabs, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, January 11, before the day’s games:
Both teams are 25-13, with Oklahoma City getting the edge based on a 6-1 division record. Utah did get that one win against them, but Oklahoma does have a slightly better home record. And their home crowd, now that they’re doing well for themselves in the deep West, won’t let them lose that easily.
Indiana may have lost their first two games against Boston, but the Celtics have been having issues. It’s really tough for the Celtics to play for 48 minutes, and they do have a tendency to make playoff series more interesting than they should. Boston still should win, but in an uncomfortably long series.
The Knicks are hanging in there, but Chicago just keeps getting better and better. And they’re the only team in the NBA yet to lose within their division. New York did hand Chicago the first of their three home losses, but Chicago’s not the same team as then, no longer trying to feel out their niche.
Orlando has a nine-game winning streak going right now. Atlanta has won four in a row, but Orlando may be on a roll too big for Atlanta to stop. Neither team can seem to score seemingly at will against the other, so it’ll be close, but in a longer series, Orlando should edge ahead.
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