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Coming up on the end of the year, no one’s really separating themselves from the pack. The races for both #8 seeds are logjams. The West’s race for #1 continues to be a revolving door. Slides and rises continue to run rampant across the NBA, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, December 19, before the day’s games:
Memphis is doing well, but they’re having a rough time compared to early in the season. Denver not have the best record, but they have just one loss on the year at home, and have beaten Memphis and San Antonio in the past week. They still have a poor road record, but Denver is primed for the upset.
All of a sudden, the Spurs have lost four of their last five. The Spurs have some very good talent, but they need to stop this slide immediately. Meanwhile, the Warriors have been winning left and right, and look like a team ready to take that next big step. (And David Stern doesn’t exactly like the Spurs, if you’ve been following current events.)
The Nets may have stopped their lengthy losing streak, but they’ve started another one, albeit with two one-possession losses. That’s not going to be enough against Atlanta, who are still hanging with New York and Miami.
Both teams have been winning enough lately to move up the standings, with Chicago maintaining #4 while gaining home-court advantage. Milwaukee is right behind them, but Chicago is doing what they’re doing without former MVP Derrick Rose. Home-court favors Chicago, especially if they get their star back in time.
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