There aren’t enough NBA Playoff chairs, and the music is about ready to stop.
Who will get in?
Three teams are vying for two spots in the Eastern Conference, while four teams are basically playing for the final three seeds in the Western Conference.
Current momentum certainly has to play a part.
The Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks have all gotten on a roll, whereas the Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz have created an “uphill climb” for themselves.
In fact, the Jazz were far enough behind AND backsliding in the last 10 games that they didn’t even warrant consideration for this list.
Health is also a big deal at the end of any season, much less one so compacted.
Houston and the Denver Nuggets are getting some late reinforcements, whereas the New York Knicks are struggling to keep their key pieces healthy.
Overall talent certainly helps a team’s push, and the Sixers, Mavericks, Nuggets and Rockets will be able to trump understaffed squads like the Bucks, Jazz and Phoenix Suns.
Difficulty of remaining schedule is always a big deciding factor for a team’s chances.
There are some interesting ways of tracking these odds, and Bleacher Report’s Joel C. Cordes has combined all factors to predict which NBA bubble teams will get to play in May.
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