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Old 03-15-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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So, I thought this would be interesting to look at. Top 8 teams in the east and west by record as of today.....

The top 8 East teams are a combined 55-52 vs. the West.
The top 8 West teams are 74-32.

Only the Bulls, Miami and Indiana have winning records vs. the west. (ORlando is 6-6)

EVERY team in the top 8 in the west has a winning record against the east....except the Lakers at 8-9.

If you truncate the comparison to the top 3 teams the east and west win % against the other conference are 64.9% vs. 64.3%. Essentially a draw.

So basically, I think the numbers show that the conferences are generally balanced at the top couple teams but then the east falls off rapidly compared to the west.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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Yeah, having Charlotte, Washington,Toronto and to a lesser extent NJ in the East boosts up the wests record vs the east. Does that make the West "better" because they lack terrible teams at the bottom? I don't think so, and I think if you were to assign grades to each team, then average them out, you would see two very even conferences.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:09 AM
 
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It could be argued that part of the easts winning records are partly due to the weaker bottom half. Case in point, the 76ers are in the weakest division and play the other teams in their weak division 3-4 times each while not facing tougher teams, (okc, spurs, lakers, clippers....) more then 1-2 times. Yes they face the bulls and heat and magic but after that it drops terribly fast. The east is like Guatemala, rich are really rich, everyone else is really pour. No middle class to speak of.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:16 AM
 
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It could be argued that part of the easts winning records are partly due to the weaker bottom half. Case in point, the 76ers are in the weakest division and play the other teams in their weak division 3-4 times each while not facing tougher teams, (okc, spurs, lakers, clippers....) more then 1-2 times. Yes they face the bulls and heat and magic but after that it drops terribly fast. The east is like Guatemala, rich are really rich, everyone else is really pour. No middle class to speak of.
And the west is like most of America, a giant middle class where no one can get ahead
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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Yeah you play roughly 1/3 of your games against the other conference.
So in a normal 82 game season that is roughly 55 in conf and 27 out of conference.

Assuming a team wins 50% in their conference and would win say 40% in the other conference....moving between conferences in that example would translate to roughly a 3 win swing.

However, the only place that really matters is if you make the finals and then have to compare records for HCA.

So, if mediocre teams were making the finals then they'd have a sizable advantage in the east towards HCA. However, since it's really on the elite teams I would think it only gives them a small perhaps 2 game edge over the WC team.

Essentially if you switched OKC and the Bulls conferences I doubt their records would shift by more than 1 win or so at this point of the season.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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And the west is like most of America, a giant middle class where no one can get ahead
The 99 percenters?
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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The imbalance creates winners and losers.

If you wind up as the 9th-10th team in the west, you definitely would have made the playoffs in the east. Sucks to be you.

However, right now if you are a team like say the Lakers, Memphis maybe San Antonio you have IMO an easier path to the conference finals than you would in the east where you have 2 elite roadblocks.

This also shifts over time. (just slowly)
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:02 AM
 
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The 99 percenters?
Heh, my Bulls ARE the 1%.
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