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Well into February, there’s still plenty of action in the NBA, especially in the suddenly turbulent West. The Knicks are Rockets are among teams making a resurgence, while teams like Dallas are continuing to fortify their positions. With plenty of new standings to go over, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Sunday, February 12, before the day’s games:
The Rockets are, well, rocketing up the standings, but so is Dallas. Both teams are very close, with Dallas having one extra win. With both teams so similar, home-court advantage could very well mean everything in this one.
Speaking of streaky, Boston is on a losing streak, after disappointing losses to the Lakers and Raptors. They’re still good, but Miami is younger and stronger, with more power and a much better record.
The Magic have been a hit or miss team this season. Nobody saw the 76ers coming, something they’ve turned into a very tough 19-9 record and an iron grip on the division. Despite Orlando’s 17-11 record and the presence of Dwight Howard (for now), Philadelphia is the better team this year.
This is another situation where the teams are similar, but the Pacers have lost three straight, while the Hawks have lost won two straight. It should still be a very close series, but when in doubt, go with the home team.
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