Playing Pretender or Contender with 2014 NBA Title Hopefuls

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Playing Pretender or Contender with 2014 NBA Title Hopefuls
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The home stretch of the 2013-14 NBA campaign is officially upon us, which means it's time to start sifting through which teams do and do not have a legitimate chance of hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy. 

And while the San Antonio Spurs can rightfully be labeled as title favorites thanks to a spectacular flourish to close out the regular season, questions still linger for hopefuls like the Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and a host of others.

But before we get rolling, there are some ground rules that need to be established.

In order to qualify as title hopefuls, teams needed to have a winning percentage of at least .600. As a result, you'll notice that Eastern Conference tenants are underrepresented, although we did find a way to address several of the East's more prominent clubs. 

From there, squads were listed in order of ascending title odds, as outlined on the playoff probabilities report at


All statistics courtesy of and current as of Sunday, April 6, unless noted otherwise. 

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