2014 NBA Playoff Odds: How the Postseason Looks Entering April

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2014 NBA Playoff Odds: How the Postseason Looks Entering April
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Exactly half of the teams in the NBA already know their playoff fates, but as April approaches, the other half are fighting to secure their less-secure postseason futures.

Other than a bit of jostling for seeds, the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls are officially assured of playoff spots in the East. Out West, the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers also know they're guaranteed a postseason entry.

Unfortunately, there are even more teams who will not be playoff participants. That's not an opinion—that's the math talking. And math is kind of an uncompromising jerk.

Condolences go out to the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, New Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz. Have fun fishing this spring, fellas.

If you've been counting, that makes up 15 teams—half of the league—who know where they'll be when the playoffs start. Certainty isn't all that interesting, though, so that's the last we'll hear of them. From here on out, we'll do our best to pin down where members of the league's "other half" will wind up when the regular season concludes April 16.

Recent play, strength of schedule and some old-fashioned gut instinct will factor in as we draw up odds for the rest of the NBA's playoff chances.

 

*All stats accurate through games played March 29.

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