February 6, 2013 1:45 PM by Dick Pepperfield
Race for the playoffs:
I’ve already addressed the disparaging difference in quality between both conferences. Even more than the widening gap between the West and the East are two very different playoff races. The top seed in the East is anyones to grab. New York and Miami are only separated by half a game and Chicago and Indiana are riding two of the top-3 defenses within 3.5 of the #1 seed. Brooklyn is right in the thick of things and the final three slots are only separated by 2 games. At the bottom you have the Celtics, barely hanging onto a 3 game lead over Philadelphia. The next team, however, is 7 games back from the final seed (Detroit). Despite my hatred for the Celtics, I will be livid if the Detroit Pistons somehow manage a late playoff push. Toronto with Rudy Gay is slightly intimidating, but will still be a clean sweep for whoever takes the 1 seed in the East. I can see two sweeps for the top 2 teams in the East.
The West is a much different race. San Antonio and Oklahoma City are pulling away as LAC struggles with injuries. Memphis, Denver, and Golden State are all within half a game of each other. Denver is tough to beat at home and has a heavy home schedule here on out, but Golden State is sure to begin reaping the benefits of getting Andrew Bogut back to solidify their low-post defense. Utah and Houston are fighting over the 7 with only half a game between them. Portland is a game out and and LAL is riding a 3 game winning streak to pull within 3.5 of the final seed.I imagine Miami and San Antonio will take the top seeds. Philadelphia will eventually close the gap on Boston and take the final seed with Portland and LAL taking the last two seeds in the West. The rest will generally remain the same. Except for Orlando. They’ll have the most balls (hehe) in this years draft. Keep in mind I scored a 29 on my ACT so I know more than about 75% of the general population.
I’ll be coming out with some trade rumors here in the next week, but I don’t really foresee too much in terms of big trades.
Lines of the week:
LeBron James @ BOS: 34 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, L
Joakim Noah vs. CHA: 13 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 blocks, W
David Lee vs. DAL: 15 points, 20 rebounds, 9 assists, W
James Harden vs. CHA: 21 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, L
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