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After another week of action, things are starting to really heat up. Houston is rising, while Orlando is falling. Even Milwaukee’s getting in on the action. It looks like plenty will be shaken up in the rest of the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Sunday, January 29 at 8:00pm:
Dallas is getting better from their slow start, but the Thunder are rolling. They’re a West-best 11-2 in the conference, and have won their last four, leaving a Jason Kidd-less Dallas with a tough time.
The Clippers are only percentage points ahead of the Spurs, while both teams are great at home but poor on the road. When both teams are so similar, that home-court advantage means everything, and right now, the Clippers have it.
Utah may have home-court advantage, but Houston is just about the hottest team in the NBA right now, having won nine of ten. However, they’ve still had some huge road troubles against good teams. This is another series where home-court advantage should mean everything as things stand.
Miami is continuing its rise back to the top, most recently knocking off Chicago in impressive fashion. Boston may be recovering from early season struggles, but they’re still having a rough time, and they won’t be able to keep up with Miami’s explosiveness.
Philadelphia is continuing to keep their record up, while Orlando is having trouble putting together points. And with Dwight Howard stirring things up in the locker room, Orlando will have a tough time putting together a meaningful run.
Indiana finally seems to be cooling off, at least compared to other teams around them. Both teams have one home loss, while Atlanta has the better conference record, so unless Indiana can make up their 1.0-game difference, they’ll have a tough time.
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