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We’re now in December, and the NBA races are still as close as ever. Both #1s are still very close. The teams continue to endlessly jostle at the bottom of the playoff standings. Even Washington finally won a game. Anyone could jump or fall several spots in the blink of an eye, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, December 5, before the day’s games:
Minnesota may have won two in a row, but they’re still average. Memphis is just too strong, especially at home. Not that the series won’t be fun to watch, but it might be even more entertaining to watch an actual grizzly face an actual timberwolf.
Not only is Houston still having problems on the road, but San Antonio is the NBA’s best road team at 9-2. San Antonio could easily become the best team in the NBA at any time (much to David Stern’s dismay), and are more than a match for Houston (even if they’re not allowed to rest their veterans that much).
Los Angeles has won three in a row to recover from a rough patch, but Golden State is still just a game behind. Los Angeles has the edge, but with Golden State hanging around, Los Angeles will still need to be careful or they’ll be upset.
Both teams have lost their last two, and remain close. Brooklyn has been in the upper half of the standings all season long, but Philadelphia (despite its injuries) isn’t giving up ground. If Andrew Bynum gets back in time, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Philadelphia get the win.
Currently, Milwaukee needs a three-way tiebreaker just to make the playoffs, let alone lead their division. Atlanta may not be elite, but they’re still full of enough talent to advance past the first round.
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