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After another week of the season, there’s not too many signs of anything settling down. Several teams are getting to their expected positions, as well as some surprise teams. After a terrible start, Boston is now knocking on the door. Philadelphia has shot way up, and Dallas has sneaked their way to #8. Even Cleveland’s making some noise. So with all the turmoil around the league’s standings, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Sunday, January 8 at 3:15pm:
Denver is also perfect at home, but is sub-.500 on the road. L.A. has won three straight, thanks in no small part to the ability of Chris Paul and the all-around awesomeness of Blake Griffin. With the explosiveness of this Clippers squad, Denver will have a hard time keeping up.
Cleveland is somehow 4-3 right now, while Chicago has reached 7-2, right along their predicted lines. Cleveland just doesn’t have too much talent ever since losing LeBron James, while Chicago has it in spades.
Indiana defense recently crushed Boston to hand the Cs their first home loss. Orlando has plenty of talent, but has gotten off to a slow start on the road. This looks to be another series where home-court advantage will be the ultimate deciding factor.
Philadelphia has won their last four games, a pleasant surprise for them to be sure. But Atlanta has won two thirds of their games so far, including their last two. Philadelphia hasn’t been too good in recent years, and faced with a good team, you’ll have to wonder for how long they can keep this up.
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