Records and stats final regular season
• 1. San Antonio Spurs (62-20, Last week 1): Could home-court advantage throughout the playoffs be enough to help Tim Duncan win a fifth NBA title?
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• 2. Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23, LW 2): If Russell Westbrook remains healthy, the Thunder could win the NBA championship.
• 3. Los Angeles Clippers (57-25, LW 3): A first-round exit is unacceptable this postseason. Doc Rivers was hired to prevent such disappointments.
• 4. Houston Rockets (54-28, LW 6): There’s no excuse for Dwight Howard to repeat last season’s embarrassing playoff exit with the Lakers.
• 5. Portland Trail Blazers (54-28, LW 5): Won nine of 10 games to end the season.
• 6. Miami Heat (54-28, LW 4): If Dwyane Wade is healthy, the Heat is still the favorite to win the East, even after finishing second in the conference.
• 7. Indiana Pacers (56-26, LW 9): When is the last time a top seed in its conference has looked as vulnerable as Indiana?
• 8. Golden State Warriors (51-31, LW 7): Andrew Bogut’s injury means Stephen Curry will have to score a lot for a chance to upset the Clippers.
• 9. Memphis Grizzlies (50-32, LW 11): They beat the Thunder last season in the playoffs, but Westbrook is healthy this year.
• 10. Chicago Bulls (48-34, LW 10): Do the Bulls have enough offense to seriously contend in the Eastern Conference playoffs?
• 11. Toronto Raptors (48-34, LW 13): Many pick the Raptors, who have a lot of inexperienced postseason performers, to be upset in the first round.
• 12. Dallas Mavericks (49-33, LW 12): The Mavericks will renew their postseason rivalry with the Spurs in the first round.
• 13. Phoenix Suns (48-34, LW 8): The best team not in the playoffs after a big-time turnaround.
• 14. Brooklyn Nets (44-38, LW 14): Now is the time for Paul Pierce to revive his role of playoff hero after doing it so many times with Boston.
• 15. Washington Wizards (44-38, LW 15): No longer the butt of jokes, the Wizards look to surprise the Bulls in the playoffs.
• 16. Charlotte Bobcats (43-39, LW 16): A 22-game improvement earned the Bobcats a first-round matchup with the Heat.
• 17. Minnesota Timberwolves (40-42, LW 17): A new coach could be a factor in whether Kevin Love is around beyond next season.
• 18. Atlanta Hawks (38-44, LW 18): The eighth seed in the East had success against Indiana, so the Hawks figure to be competitive.
• 19. New York Knicks (37-45, LW 19): Phil Jackson’s top priorities: Decide who will be the coach and how to retain Carmelo Anthony.
• 20. Denver Nuggets (36-46, LW 20): Injuries ruined the Nuggets’ chances of making the playoffs.
• 21. New Orleans Pelicans (34-48, LW 21): This potential playoff team was derailed by injuries.
• 22. Cleveland Cavaliers (33-49, LW 22): Is Kyrie Irving a “max” player? We’ll find out this offseason when the Cavaliers can offer an extension.
• 23. Detroit Pistons (29-53, LW 23): Whoever replaces Joe Dumars as general manager will have to sort through a roster that had little chemistry.
• 24. Kings (28-54, LW 24): The Kings could lose their second- and third-leading scorers (Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay) this offseason.
• 25. Los Angeles Lakers (27-55, LW 25): Kobe Bryant left before the end of the season for a vacation and no one can really blame him.
• 26. Utah Jazz (25-57, LW 26): Free agent Gordon Hayward will command a big contract.
• 27. Boston Celtics (25-57, LW 27): The Celtics had their first losing season since 2006-07, which back then led to the acquisition of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
• 28. Orlando Magic (23-59, LW 28): Jameer Nelson’s time in Orlando might be over to clear more playing time for Victor Oladipo.
• 29. Philadelphia 76ers (19-63, LW 29): Nerlens Noel should be ready to contribute after spending his rookie season rehabilitating his knee.
• 30. Milwaukee Bucks (15-67, LW 30): New ownership faces a tough job making this team competitive.