Who is debating your last statement? I said the Pacers would be a 6th seed if in the WC. Uncle Buck said even with the Pacers current record they'd only have the 6th best record. IMO, too many feel the Pacers would be competing for a 2-3 seed as if they were in the EC. I was just trying to point out that's being Pacer optimistic to the nth degree. I'm sure we both agree the Pacers would be a playoff team in the WC, just not seeded as high as in the EC.
People need to look at the conferences standings. Milwaukee is in 8 place with Philly so far back with little hope to overtake the Bucks. OTOH, the WC has a number of teams fighting for the playoffs with each having a chance to make it. The parity among WC teams is so much closer than the parity of the EC teams. IIRC, the 3 teams in the NBA with the fewest wins are Charlotte, Orlando, and Cleveland. Both Charlotte and Orlando have less than 20 wins while the fewest wins in the WC is Phoenix with 23.