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After another week of NBA action, the playoff spots are starting to become solidified, but who gets what is still much less concrete (especially in the West). The Bulls and Thunder still lead the way, though the Heat aren’t exactly exiting gracefully. The Celtics and Knicks continue to disappoint, while the Rockets and Spurs continue to exceed expectations. With the playoffs starting to come into view, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Sunday, March 11 at 12:15pm:
The Nuggets have been doing alright lately, holding steady at #6. The Clippers haven’t been playing like a division leader lately, though they did win in San Antonio Friday. However, the Nuggets have also accomplished that in March. Both teams are similar stat-wise, but Denver has the better momentum and less-embarrassing losses lately.
The Grizzlies have been a very good team this year, but Los Angeles is half a game away from a share of the best home record in the league. With both teams not so good on the road, the Lakers have an edge in this one.
Atlanta is also on a losing streak right now, while Orlando has won enough to leapfrog into #3. Not that Orlando has been perfect, but they still have more impact players, including Dwight Howard, that can get the job done for them.
Despite three straight losses, the Pacers still have the better record, but they did just go into Miami and gave he Heat a run for their money. The 76ers have done well against Boston and Utah, but neither of those teams is at the top of their game. The Pacers should still have enough in the tank to make it past Philadelphia, but not much further.
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