For a number of teams in the NBA, the margin for error these days is razor-thin. What once felt like a long and seemingly never-ending season is now in its final weeks, and the playoff picture in both conferences is slowly coming into focus.
Those franchises whose berth in the postseason is relatively secure will spend the next month or so trying to improve their seeding, and the ones fighting for an invitation to the NBA's version of the "Big Dance" can't afford to let their guard down for a single minute.
Strangely enough, the two hottest teams in the league (Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets ) are already well-positioned to cause havoc as high seeds in the playoffs.
Conversely, a quick look at the standings tells the story of those who would love nothing more than to duplicate the recent success of Miami and Denver.