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Finally, the playoff schedule is starting to take shape. All but two spots have been clinched, but it’s really just one that’s up for grabs. It’s still a battle for the West title, too, so expect that to get pretty heated. So far, only the Celtics and Pacers have locked themselves into a particular seed, so there is certain to be big pushes from several teams looking for a better draw. So what’s going to happen when the season comes to a close? Let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Sunday, April 22, at 5:15pm:
It’s a similar story in this series, with the Thunder being great no matter where they play. The Mavericks are a mere 13-19 on the road, and not that Lamar Odom was of much use, but his buyout made the Mavericks smaller.
The Lakers are tough at home, but at least Denver has a winning road record. However, the only win Denver had in the season series came at home on New Year’s Day. Since the only team in the last two weeks to beat L.A. is San Antonio (including an attempt by Denver), Los Angeles should be good for at least one round.
Memphis has won four straight, and nine of their last eleven. Not many of those wins have been against good teams, though. The Clippers have been doing similarly well lately, and just like the Grizzlies are much better at home. If they maintain a hold on #4, Los Angeles should do well enough against Memphis.
The Hawks may have recently beaten the Celtics, but that was because the Celtics were resting their key guys for the playoffs (and the Hawks still only won by five). With Boston going on all cylinders, the Hawks will find this go-around to be much tougher.
|#7||New York Knicks|
|#1||San Antonio Spurs|
|#2||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|#3||Los Angeles Lakers|
|#5||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Bulls def 76ers||Heat def Knicks||Pacers def Magic||Celtics def Hawks|
|Spurs def Jazz||Thunder def Mavericks||Lakers def Nuggets||Grizzlies def Clippers|
|Bulls def Celtics||Heat def Pacers|
|Spurs def Grizzlies||Thunder def Lakers|
|Heat def Bulls|
|Spurs def Thunder|
|Heat def Spurs|
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