Weighing the West 11/13

So hard to keep track of how teams are doing early on.  I say that as the most NBA obsessed person I know.  If this is just for me, to help me remember how our competition is doing, then it will have served a purpose.

The Lakers are just crushing everybody.  8-1 with their first loss last night against the Nugs.  Their offense is just tremendous - they're #1 in avoiding turnovers, fourth in offensive rebounds, sixth in shooting... let's move on.

The NO Hornets are still unbeaten, 7-0.  I don't think they're as good as the Lakers or a likely #2 seed either, but they're earning playoff respect.

Dallas is off to a good start this year.  At 5-2, they've been winning games by 5.8 points, 5th in the league.  Part of it has to be rim and backboard luck - they have the highest eFG% of any team and the lowest eFG% allowed as of this writing.

The Utah Jazz are at 6-3 thanks to some crazy comebacks and Paul Millsap.  That guy is preposterous.  They've had a pretty hard schedule to date, as have the

Blazers and OKC, 6-4 and 5-3 respectively.  These teams just met and OKC beat em out 110-108.  It doesn't get much easier for the Trailblazers, whose next five opponents are the Hornets Grizzlies Nuggets Jazz and Hornets again.  Think they'd trade with the Thunder (Spurs Jazz Rockets Celtics Bucks)?

The Nuggets are considered a good team, for now, and that might just be the glow of beating the Lakers recently.  They're 5-4 and could go either direction.

The Golden State Warriors are pretty surprising at 6-3.  Would they be satisfied with making the playoffs this year, or is the team that once played David vs. Goliath capable of sabotaging a higher seed again?

The Rest Memphis, Phoenix and the Kings are at or close to .500.  Unfortunately they're teams 10 11 and 12 in potential playoff seeding. 


Upcoming Opponents the Bulls and Cleveland might be better than you last remembered them.  We have both of them at our home, the Cavs on the second game of a back to back.  Other than that your prejudices should serve you well.

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