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It’s three weeks into the season now, and we’re getting a sense of who will be a contender and who will be playing for ping pong balls. The Pacers, Spurs and Blazers are doing quite well for themselves, while the Bucks and Jazz are having quite a bit of difficulties. The West is still populated by winners, while the East features three playoff teams with losing records, one of which leads a division. With teams jostling each other all over the place, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Friday, November 22, before the day’s games:
The Grizzlies have won four in a row, but with their start to the season that’s only good for eighth place in the West. The Spurs have won eight straight to move to 10-1, and once again remain a major player in the NBA. THe Spurs should be able to take care of this one.
The Clippers are doing well with Doc Rivers, but “well” isn’t nearly good enough in the West. They’re sub-.500 on the road, while the Thunder haven’t lost at home. The Thunder have plenty of young and powerful talent centered around Kevin Durant, but can hurt you in so many ways.
The Mavericks have won three games straight to move up to #5, but they’re 6-0 at home and only 2-4 on the road. The Warriors have moved up to #4 and lead the Pacific Division, with their last two losses coming against Memphis. Dallas will make things very interesting, but with a potential Game 7 being in Oakland, they could have some problems in the end.
Chicago only has one road win themselves, but are 5-0 at home. Charlotte is 3-3 both at home and on the road, but isn’t used to having much success, whereas the Bulls and Derrick Rose know what it’s like to expect success. That could seriously jeopardize the Bobcats’ chances, but it’s not out of the question.
#5 isn’t a bad spot in which to be right now; the Hawks are just above .500 at 7-5, but the Raptors, division leaders, are 5-7. Without a good team in the Atlantic Division, the Raptors are getting a pity seed, which won’t be enough for them to do much.
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