As you'll notice in the coming slides, the Eastern Conference is vastly underrepresented due to its lack of teams with winning percentages better than .600.
However, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention a few squads who are looking to disrupt the hopes of title favorites and leave their mark on the 2013-14 postseason.
Title odds: 0 percent
The Brooklyn Nets are an Eastern Conference-best 32-13 since Jan. 1, a record that can't be described as anything other than a revelation given the team's 10-21 start to the season.
And boy, does Jason Kidd deserve praise for getting his troops in line following the loss of center Brook Lopez. That's undeniable. But what's holding the Nets back is a below-average defense that's surrendering 104.5 points per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com.
Also consider that the Nets are 15-23 away from the friendly confines of Barclays Center, and it's hard not to cast doubt on their ability to make a deep playoff run.
Title odds: 1.3 percent
Admittedly, the Chicago Bulls were the hardest team to leave off this list. However, the strict threshold to qualify prevented them from making an appearance.
But if we consult Basketball-Reference.com's playoff probabilities report, perhaps omitting the Bulls—who have a 1.3 percent chance of winning the NBA title—was for the best.
Chicago's defense clearly has championship potential, evidenced by the meager 97.6 points it allows per 100 possessions, but the Bulls offense is the furthest thing from championship caliber.
According to Basketball-Reference, no team since 2000 has hoisted the Larry O'Brien Trophy with an offensive rating worse than 18th overall (2003-04 Detroit Pistons), and 14 of the 15 champions in that time owned offensive ratings among the league's top 12.
This season, the Bulls rank 28th in offensive efficiency, which is reason enough to believe that they'll fall short of winning the franchise's first title since 1997-98.
Title odds: 3.3 percent
Remember when Dwane Casey entered the final year of his contract on the hot seat?
Well, for the time being, discussion regarding pink slips and organizational reconstructions have halted after Casey helped lead the Toronto Raptors to the franchise's first playoff berth since 2007-08.
But are these reformed, high-energy, youthful Raptors ready to shine on the game's brightest stage? My hunch is that they're on the fringe of doing so but won't make a complete breakthrough until next season.
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have been phenomenal, helping craft the Raptors into a top-12 team on both ends of the floor, but a starting five largely devoid of playoff experience may not be able to hang beyond the second round, what with seasoned squads like the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in their path.