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A month into the season, and things are still going roughly for playoff hopefuls such as Boston and Dallas. Teams like the Clippers and 76ers are taking advantage of that. But a lot of powerful teams are still holding sway at the top of the conferences, and they’re continuing to make things tough on everyone else. So what does that all mean for this week’s outlook? Let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Sunday, January 22 at 4:30pm:
The Clippers are having a heck of a season, but they’re just percentage points ahead of the Lakers. However, the Lakers have only one road win, though that might not matter much with all seven games at the Staples Center. The Clippers did win the first game of the season series, though.
Neither team is the best on the road, but both are better at home, and Utah actually has home-court advantage with a better record at the moment. Memphis has won six straight, but Utah is 9-2 in the last 11. This one could very well come down to home-court advantage.
Atlanta has only lost once at home, and is #6 because they’re in the same division with Orlando and Miami. However, Miami is back on track with three straight wins, and still has just one home loss. If the Big Three stays healthy for the series, then Atlanta won’t be able to do anything in the end, but they’ll sure make it tough on Miami.
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