Updated Playoff Odds for Every NBA Team Entering All-Star Break

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Updated Playoff Odds for Every NBA Team Entering All-Star Break
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NBA teams are running out of time to make the playoffs.

Several don't know their postseason fate. A handful are headed to the lottery again, and another few are assured of playoff spots. But the rest are caught in the middle, meaning that plenty remains to be decided.

Using their current records as well as recent play and extenuating circumstances, we will gauge each team's chance of making the 16-team tournament.

We'll also be looking at each team's magic or elimination number. For teams currently outside the playoff picture, this represents the number of games needed to be won by the No. 8 seed or lost by the individual team, or any combination thereof, for them to be mathematically eliminated. For teams currently in the playoffs, it represents the number needed to clinch a playoff berth.

There have already been some surprises, with teams unexpectedly ascending into the picture and others unexpectedly falling into the lottery. After the All-Star break, the final stretch is sure to gift us with even more surprises.

 

Note: All magic numbers and playoff percentages via PlayoffStatus.com.

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