Predicting Who's In and Who's Out in NBA Western Conference Playoff Race

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Predicting Who's In and Who's Out in NBA Western Conference Playoff Race
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The Los Angeles Lakers are currently a playoff team—as wild as that may sound.

As of Sunday’s victory against the Chicago Bulls, the Lakers have surged within the NBA’s Western Conference playoff picture as the Utah Jazz have been pushed out.

The Lakers' sudden jump comes thanks to a combined seven consecutive losses by the Utah Jazz (four), Golden State Warriors (two) and Houston Rockets (one).

The bottom half of the West's playoff seedings has been shaken, as five teams are competing for the remaining three spots.

The San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets look firm in their positions as Nos. 1 through 5.

But how will the rest of West’s playoff race shape up? And what could happen in the opening round of the postseason?

It's becoming easier to predict.

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