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    James D
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    NBA lottery will have a 46 win team in it and four under 41 win teams out.

    Very strange year in the NBA with the west absolutely dominating. If the current trends continue, and we have already played 2/3 the NBA season so no reason to belief it will not, the lottery will have the west based grizzlies who will finish ten games over . 500 and it will exclude four teams from the east that finished the season under .500. This will cause the mediocre teams in the east to have an even more difficult road to being a legit contender. It will also make the #9 team in the west, currently Memphis have a far easier road to taking the next step forward to legit contender.

    Think of the huge difference in talent between a team that finishes ten games over 500 in the west vs a team that finishes under 500 in the east! The west going into all star break was 196-111 vs the east this year a ridiculous .638 win percentage. The power rankings in the NBA top ten have two teams from the east and eight from the west. Factoring in the west dominance and obvious Memphis schedule strength compared to any east teams they are not just better, but in actuality infinitely better then the east teams not getting in the 2014 NBA lottery, yet they will be in with a chance at a huge college star and those east team will not.

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    nothing new a few years back Warriors missed the playoffs with 48 wins. If I remember correctly they would have had home court advantage in the first round if they were in the East.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easyliving View Post
    nothing new a few years back Warriors missed the playoffs with 48 wins. If I remember correctly they would have had home court advantage in the first round if they were in the East.
    That year GS would have been the 4 seed in east, Memphis on pace to be the 3 seed.

    You have a great memory (2007) but there is no comparison. That year the west won 57% of the games vs the east, the average for the last ten years is 56%. This year it is a ridiculous 64% smashing the previous NBA record of 58%. So the west this year is historically good and the east is historically bad. Despite the east being historically bad and the west being historically good Memphis will end the season with double digit wins more the four playoff teams from the east and will be in the lottery.,. In 2007 two under 500 teams made the playoffs. Two under 500 is typical for the east due to the west annual dominance. This year we are on pace for four, or half the teams in the playoffs to be under 500.

    Also 2007 was in many ways a good year for the east. That year four of the five worst teams in the league were surprisingly in the west. Also the top 2 teams including the 66-16 NBA champs were in the east. This year only two of the top ten teams in the league are in the east, that year the top two teams period were in the east. That year was memorable more for the insane parity in the west with the 57 win lakers the #1 seed and the 54 win jazz the #7 seed! Five teams had 55 or 56 wins.

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