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 Basketball-Reference.com

 

All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and current as of Sunday, April 6, unless noted otherwise. 

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