The NBA playoff picture is solidifying in both conferences. According to the Hollinger Playoff Odds, there are eight teams in each conference who already have a better than equal shot of making the postseason.
The odds are a useful tool, but it's important to remember that they result from a computer simulation. Aspects like scoring margin and schedule strength come into play. It's a great shorthand, but a shorthand that can't incorporate which players are injured and when teams expect to get them back.
The odds also can't incorporate which coaches got fired and whether that matters. The objective is fine grounding, but subjective can inform what to make of that foundation.