NBA Playoff Odds: Latest Team Predictions for the Season's Final Month

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NBA Playoff Odds: Latest Team Predictions for the Season's Final Month
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The NBA is a game of runs.

Spurts can take place within games, as we see with remarkable frequency. On March 7, for example, the Dallas Mavericks went up 30 points on the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half, only to let Rip City come back and tie the game.

But stretches of remarkable play also take place over the course of the season. Those winning and losing streaks are what boost teams up and down in the standings as they grapple for the coveted playoff spots in both conferences.

As we move deeper into the final third of the 2013-14 season, a handful of teams have emerged as clear-cut locks for the postseason field. On the flip side, a bunch of squads don't have a prayer of reaching the promised land until next season (at the earliest).

But for the teams in between, everything is up in the air.

The standings are jam-packed in both conferences, so let's make sense of the jumbled-up playoff puzzle.

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