The 2013 NBA playoff standings have become even more favorable to the Miami Heat. The updated NBA playoff standings have Miami nearly chasing down the San Antonio Spurs for the overall top seed as well. As of Tuesday (March 5), Miami trails San Antonio by just 1 1/2 games for home court advantage throughout the postseason.
In the Eastern Conference alone, Miami has pushed the lead to seven games over the No. 2 seeded Indiana Pacers now. At this rate, the Heat could end up clinching that No. 1 seed before the month of April even hits. With just 24 regular season games left, it might be tough for the team not to just coast into the playoffs.
If the 2013 Eastern Conference Playoffs were to begin today (March 5), Miami would play the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. That would then put the Pacers against the Boston Celtics, the No. 3 New York Knicks against the No. 6 Atlanta Hawks, and the No. 4 Chicago Bulls against the No. 5 Brooklyn Nets in the first round. An interesting match-up of Miami vs. Chicago could then emerge in the second round.
Over in the Western Conference, the LA Lakers are now just two games out of the playoffs. The Lakers trail the No. 8 Utah Jazz by the slimmest of margins now and are only 2 1/2 games back from the No. 7 Houston Rockets as well. The race to the 2013 Western Conference Playoffs is certainly going to be an interesting one.
If the postseason were to begin today, it would be the San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah in the first round. The other match-ups would be the No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets, the No. 3 LA Clippers vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors, and the No. 4 Memphis Grizzlies vs. No. 5 Denver Nuggets. The 2013 NBA playoff standings are definitely packed in the middle, predicting a lot of drama will play out in the final weeks of the regular season.
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