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MyFavMartin
01-10-2011, 11:30 PM
We're at about one third through the season and the Pacers are neck and neck for the last two playoff spots in the East, with Boston, Orlando, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago and New York all currently with 20+ wins.

Pacers 14-20
SOS: 0.515
4-13 vs above 0.500 teams
Home games: 18
Away: 16
Margin: -1.21

Bucks 14-21
SOS: 0.559
6-17 vs above 0.500 teams
Home Games: 16
Away: 19
Margin: -1.77

76ers 15-22
SOS: 0.499
6-13 vs above 0.500 teams
Home Games: 16
Away: 21
Margin: -0.51

Raptors: 13-24
SOS: 0.504
4-15 vs above 0.500 teams
Home games: 18
Away: 19
Margin: -4.24

Pistons: 12-24
SOS: 0.504
3-15 vs above 0.500 teams
Home games: 17
Away: 19
Margin: -4.86

Bobcats: 14-21
SOS: 0.466
1-12 vs above 0.500 teams
Home games: 18
Away: 16
Margin: -4.26


Looks like it'll be a three team race between the Bucks, 76ers and the Pacers.

Shade
01-10-2011, 11:50 PM
Milwaukee will get in.

I see Charlotte as a dark horse, as well. They've been playing better under Silas.

Mackey_Rose
01-11-2011, 12:18 AM
The Bucks are pretty much a lock. Superior coaching, point guard play, and one of the two best centers in the conference will get them in.

I see the last spot coming down to the Pacers, Sixers, Bobcats, and Nets.

If this proposed Carmelo deal goes down before February, my pick is the Nets. If not, I think the Sixers will just barely edge the Bobcats for the privilege of getting smoked in the first round by either Boston or Miami.

The Pacers settle for mediocrity and picking in the 10-13 range again. Passion, Pride, Pitiful.

Really?
01-11-2011, 01:27 AM
Milwaukee will get in.

I see Charlotte as a dark horse, as well. They've been playing better under Silas.

Yeah people are definitely sleeping on the Bobcats... a coaching change is exactly what the doctor ordered for their team....

pwee31
01-11-2011, 10:44 AM
I'm a homer. I still believe in our guys regardless of coach. Like the Bucks as well

pacergod2
01-11-2011, 10:58 AM
I couldn't pick the Pacers, because if I did, I would jinx them. That is my luck. I think the Pacers schedule gets a lot easier after this week and they have a legitimate shot if they can get their ****** together.

Kegboy
01-11-2011, 11:03 AM
I would like to think the Bucks were a lock, but they're going to need to improve. Not only is Charlotte playing better, but when one factors in Melo and the probability Philly gets something for Iguodala, it may very well take a winning record to make the playoffs.

xIndyFan
01-11-2011, 11:21 AM
bucks are a good team, but haven't played that well yet. pacers are young and will [hopefully] figure out how to play at the NBA level.

SMosley21
01-11-2011, 11:23 AM
Bucks
Nets

Justin Tyme
01-11-2011, 12:54 PM
a coaching change is exactly what the doctor ordered for their team....


Too bad ownership does view the same for the Pacers, b4 it's too late.

Justin Tyme
01-11-2011, 01:01 PM
Right now, I'd pick the Bucks and Philly, but I definately can see Charlotte as a possibility.

Look at the changes in the lineup Silas has made. It would be so ironic if they got into the playoffs with Kwame Brown being the center... MJ's 1st bust pick.

ballism
01-11-2011, 01:29 PM
Milwaukee had a killer schedule so far, some bad injuries and a lot of new players. It's fair to assume that they'll get at least a bit better chemistry as the year goes. The schedule gets easier. So unless there's another huge injury to Bogut (I hope not, love his game), I'd guess they'll challenge Atlanta and Knicks by May. Pacers are out of their league right now, sadly. Not with this mindset, not with this system/execution.

8th spot - between Philly and Pacers imo. My guess is Philly. Their talent is similar to us, they have their underachievers, but overall they are on their way up, we've been going down. Easy choice right now.

The problem with Charlotte, their schedule gets much much tougher now. They've wasted the easy part of the year. Still possible, but really if they get close to .500 with the schedule they have left, you have to put Silas for Coach of the Year. It's that hard of a task. If they just get to 30 wins, I'll still applaud Silas for good job. 40 wins would be Popovich-esque.

Nets. The hole is too deep. You basically need to play like a 50+ wins team just to get to 35 wins. Doubt Melo can just jump in midseason and do it.

If I have to pick a darkhorse, I'd actually pick the Pistons. Lets say they trade away Hamilton, less unhappy people in the locker room. They still have huge gaps, they lack a distributor, but they have some talent, their schedule is ok-ish. Minor shot, but if Pacers keep falling and Philly doesn't get over the hump, possible.

Unclebuck
01-11-2011, 02:10 PM
I heard the Bucks announcers the other night duiscussing how the Bucks have the easiest schedule the rest of the way. Not sure if that is the easiest schedule in the whole NBA or just in the east or what.

Bucks will get in I think for sure. The race is for 8th and 1 or 2 teams will start to play well and finish with at least 40 wins