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We’re now less than two weeks from the conclusion of the regular season, and only seven spots (three divisions) have been locked up so far. Few teams are very secure in a seed, which means there’s still plenty to play for. So where does that leave everyone? Let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Sunday, April 15 at 1:30pm:
The Mavericks have won three in a row, but so have the Lakers. They still have the home record to win, and have motivation after last postseason’s embarrassing loss, but this series may very well come down to if Andrew Bynum can keep his head about him, which has been a challenge at times.
The Clippers are on a three-game winning streak, which has helped maintain a 1.5-game lead on Memphis. The Clippers have the talent to move on, but Memphis will make things difficult, and will pick up the upset if Los Angeles doesn’t give things their all.
Toronto loss aside, the Celtics are still a very good team since the All Star break. Even with injuries, they’re still getting huge contributions from almost the whole bench. Atlanta now hold home-court advantage based solely on a game in hand. Even if they win that game, Atlanta will still have a very difficult time dealing with Boston’s depth.
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