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How Do the NBA Playoff Odds Look Heading Into the Season’s Final Month?

Our model breaks down how likely each team is to make the playoffs, who has the best chances of getting the no. 1 pick in the draft, and much more

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How Injuries Have Affected Klay Thompson’s Game—and the Warriors’ Title Hopes

Two years off have taken a toll on Klay Thompson. How far can the Warriors go with this version of their All-Star shooting guard?

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Why Are the Computers So High on the Celtics’ Title Odds?

Boston has turned around its season, sure, but most projection systems now view it as the favorite in the East. Do the numbers know something that we don’t?

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Baseball Is in Trouble, Zach Kram Talks Bulls Playoff Scenarios, and the Eastern Conference Ain’t No Joke

Jason and Kram also discuss the Bulls’ scoring options, how Zach LaVine’s back will hold up, and whether DeRozan can carry this team beyond the end of the regular season

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Will the Lakers and Nets Fall Into the Play-in Round?

Just how close are the preseason title favorites to not making the playoffs at all? We dig into that and the major second-half races using our playoff and lottery odds.

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Which Team Will Win a Suddenly Crowded East Race?

The cases for and against each of the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference to make the Finals after a very busy NBA trade deadline

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The Harden-for-Simmons Blockbuster Raises a Whole New Set of Questions

A lifetime’s worth of trade rumors were solved in one fell swoop, as the Sixers and Nets finally consummated a league-changing deal. But there’s still plenty to figure out about how James Harden and Ben Simmons will fit in with their new teams.

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Which NBA GM Is the Biggest In-Season Wheeler and Dealer?

We ranked every team’s lead decision-maker by how active (or inactive) they are on the trade market heading into the deadline

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The Most Undeserving NBA All-Star Selections in History, by the Numbers

Before the voting system changed, more than a few players made the All-Star cut for reasons other than merit. We crunched the numbers to come up with the 20 least valuable selections of the past 55 years.

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Who’s Created the Most Points in the NBA This Season?

The leader in our points created metric has won MVP four of the past five seasons. Find out who’s atop the leaderboard so far in 2021-22.