The 2011-2012 NBA season is now starting to pick up speed, as we have entered March and are officially in the second half of the season. Much can be anticipated in the coming weeks; for example, a number of stars may be traded as we approach the March 15th trade deadline.
However, the coming weeks may be very important for some losing teams. Most of the teams in the No. 1-4 seeds are safely in the playoffs, but March is the time when the playoff picture starts becoming clearer.
Teams that don't currently own a playoff seed will need to step up their game, as well as possibly hope for some bumps and bruises for other teams as they try and fight their way into the playoffs. A No. 7 or No. 8 seed may not seem like much of an accomplishment, but just look at last year's Memphis Grizzlies, who beat the first-seeded Spurs in six games and then forced a seven-game series with the Thunder before eventually losing.
The odds are against most of them, but here are eight NBA teams that have the best chance at fighting their way into the playoffs.