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After another week, we’re starting to see some teams punch their postseason tickets, and some teams bow out. The Thunder have weakened themselves out of the #1 spot out West. The Wildcard races are also pretty close as well, which should make the last 10 games or so that much more entertaining. So with the league moving into the home stretch, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, April 9, before the day’s games:
Dallas is having a tough time of things by their standards, just like Oklahoma City, but the Thunder are still as deadly as anyone, and lead the West in wins. Maybe Dallas could hold their own at home, but the Thunder will win the series in OKC.
Houston doesn’t exactly have the road record to contend, but Andrew Bynum does have a thing for getting ejected against the Rockets this year. However, the Lakers still have an outstanding home record and now have Ramon Sessions to stabilize the point guard position, not to mention Kobe Bryant leading the way.
Both teams have been doing well as of late, and both are quite noticeably better at home. That does favor the Clippers, but the Grizzlies upset the spurs only last year. Still, with a series so close and sure to go seven games, home-court and a stellar front court should eke out a win for the Clippers.
Dwight Howard might safely be in Orlando, but he’s allegedly tried to get Head Coach Stan van Gundy fired, which can only blow up the locker room. The Pacers have been on a bit of an upswing in the meantime, which could very well carry enough momentum to capitalize on Orlando’s latest Howard-inspired soap opera.
Again, both teams are on winning streaks, but Boston will still need to picks things up on the road to pull off a victory. For Atlanta, the key comes down to keeping up a fast pace to wear down Boston’s old and injured players. Of course, when that does happen, Rajon Rondo always turns into a secret weapon. If the streaky Celtics can stay on a good streak, they may simply have too many pieces for Atlanta to overcome.
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