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We’re well into January, and there’s still plenty of story-lines to follow. The Celtics and Nets are up; the Hawks are down. The race for both #1s and the West’s #8 are still very much up for grabs. Teams are jumping all over each other all the time, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, January 16, before the day’s games:
Denver has won six straight games, but still remains #6. That could be an advantage for them by allowing them to fly under the radar. If San Antonio wants to avoid the upset, they’ll need to exploit their noticeably better road record.
Both teams are competing with each other for positioning, as well as trying to fend off the advancing Nuggets. With both teams so close and so similar, Memphis‘ home-court advantage gives them the edge, but certainly don’t count out Golden State.
New York is still towards the top of the standings, but Boston has all of a sudden won six in a row, including a victory in New York. If the Celtics can keep things going like this, their core should be able to outlast New York, especially if Carmelo Anthony is as immature as last time.
Brooklyn has won seven in a row and is right back in the swing of things. Derrick Rose is starting to get healthier, but he’s not there yet. Whatever the case may be, Chicago might want to thing about getting Brooklyn at a lull in their momentum, just in case.
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