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There’s already only 1/3 of the season remaining, and there’s no shortage of entertainment. There are lots of close races, including divisions and the final playoff spots. There hasn’t been much movement in the seeding, though, except for the Lakers rising up and putting some room between them and the Clippers. And now that the trade deadline has passed, we all have to see how the new chips for everyone will fall, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, March 19, before the day’s games:
This one would definitely be the most anticipated rematch of the postseason. The Mavs have won three straight, but they’re still only 5-5 in their last 10, and doing poorly on the road. That doesn’t bode well, considering the Lakers are 19-3 in home games.
A mini slide has slipped the Clippers behind the Lakers, but two straight wins has helped stabilize that. The Grizzlies have done well enough to get within half a game of L.A, but they’re still sub-.500 on the road. That and the Clippers’ pool of talent gives them the edge, but Memphis has just as good a shot at winning; remember last year against the Spurs?
With Dwight Howard staying in Orlando, that tension should be alleviated enough for this season. Atlanta is .500 on the road, and quite simply don’t have a Dwight Howard to run through people. With Howard to patrol the paint and sufficient talent to man the arc, the Magic should be able to win this one.
Neither team is doing particularly well right now, but Philadelphia is perhaps doing a tad worse, letting their division lead evaporate, when the Celtics manage to win, that is. Indiana acquired Leandro Barbosa from Toronto without having to give up much to shore up their guard depth, which should help them have more success in the air, and the series as a result.
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