NBA Teams Whose Playoff Hopes Are Already on the Ropes

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NBA Teams Whose Playoff Hopes Are Already on the Ropes
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Making the playoffs in the NBA is easier than any other major American sport.

Seriously, teams can lose more games than they win and still get in.

To dismiss any NBA team's playoff chances roughly a month into the season would be unfair, although it's safe to say some teams should be starting to panic.

Despite numerous expert preseason predictions, the following five teams are struggling to live up to expectations. All desperately need to turn things around quickly if they want to continue playing into the summer.

 

All stats accurate as of December 8 and are courtesy of ESPN.com unless otherwise noted.

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