Every team starts the season with playoff aspirations, no matter how unrealistic they might be in some cases. But now that we’re a couple of weeks into the 2012-13 campaign, many of the long-shot hopefuls have already become hopeless.
At the same time, a lot of the top-tier teams have shown early on that their playoff expectations were justified. Still, there are even some high-profile squads who have had their playoff 8-balls go from “it is decidedly so” to “ask again later.”
And of course, the bulk of the league sits somewhere in the middle with both playoff glory and lottery gloom still equally possible.
There have been early chemistry issues, surprising breakouts and even key injuries—all of which have their way of shifting the NBA landscape—in these first two weeks. Without question, those factors (and countless others) will continue to create and dash hopes the rest of the way.
There’s no way to be certain about the playoff fate of every team at this stage, but a number of the locks and “locked-outs” have already distinguished themselves.
To keep it simple, we’ve created five options under the “odds” umbrella: lock, very likely, probable, possible, long shot and no chance. In hopes of sorting out this hazy picture, let’s check up on every NBA team’s playoff odds.
Note: Stats from Nov. 14