The NBA season is now at its halfway point, more realistically its like 2 thirds of the way through, and to no ones surprise the Golden State Warriors have the best record in the NBA at 43 wins and 8 loses followed closely by the San Antonio Spurs who boast a 38-12 record. If the playoffs started today the Warriors and the Spurs would be the number 1 and 2 seeds in the Western Conference. The Houston Rockets would be the 3, the Utah Jazz the 4, the Los Angeles Clippers the 5, and the Memphis Grizzlies the 6. While the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets would be the 7 and 8 seeds respectively.
Now let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference Standings. Of course the Lebron James led Cleveland Cavaliers are leading the East with a 35-15 record followed by the Boston Celtics who have a 33-18 record. Below the Cavs and the Celtics are the Toronto Raptors at 3, the Washington Wizards at 4, the Atlanta Hawks at 5, the Indiana Pacers at 6, the Chicago Bulls at 7, and the Detroit Pistons at 8. The Charlotte Hornets and the Milwaukee Bucks are just outside the playoff picture at 9 and 10 respectively.
If everything stays the way it is the Warriors will end up with the best record in the NBA for a third straight season and look to make it to their third straight NBA Finals. To do that however they will have to get by a tough Spurs team and a red hot shooting guard in James Harden and the Rockets. While in the East it is more of a toss up between the Cavs and the Celtics, all it would take for the Celtics to take the 1 seed would be for Cleveland to lose a few games in a row and the Celtics win a few.
The Cavaliers will look to defend their NBA Championship from last year as well as make the NBA Finals for the third straight year. And come away with the title. The Cavs will have a slightly easier path to the Finals than the Warriors with the only real challenges coming from the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics.
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