I don’t buy it. I only think the Lakers got better and separated themselves from a still competitive West and the bottom dropped out of the entire eastern conference. The Pistons who were 2nd place in the east last year are now at 8th with their former best player on the Nuggets. That’s what’s helped the Cavs and Magic propel. The caliber of the bottom half of the eastern conference playoff teams declined.
The Suns are at 45-36 and missing the playoffs by 3 games. In the east that record would be good for the 5th position. That’s also 1 game from the 4th position and having home court in the first round.
Now for example, remove the Conference leading Lakers and Cavs from the equation.
6 games separate playoff positions #2-8 in the West.
22 games separate playoff positions #2-8 in the East.
The Lakers will most likely play the Utah Jazz in round 1. To me this series looks like a Western Conference Championship…..lol.
The Cavs will play the Chauncy-less, below .500 Detroit Pistons with a benched Rip Hamilton and a disgruntled AI.
Cavs= best overall record & best home record.
Lakers= best road record, conference record.
And the only Cavs home loss was to the Lakers.
*TOTAL RECORDS OF PLAYOFF TEAMS (not final but cant change drasticly at this point).
W - L %
East: 392 - 252 .608
West: 423 - 225 .652
I think the West still has the more competitive conference. There’s definitely a triage of power house teams in the East. But the West line up from teams 1-9 fades the East’s.
Edited by LakersGAFan, April 14, 2009 - 12:10 PM.