In the updated 2012 NBA standings, the Chicago Bulls now have the best record in the league. With the Oklahoma City Thunder falling to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night (Feb. 16), it caused the Thunder to drop to 22-7 on the season. That elevated the 24-7 record owned by the Bulls to the best overall record in the NBA right now.
Even while dealing with an injury to starting point guard Derrick Rose, the Bulls have found a way to stay dominant both at home and on the road. Through the games of Feb. 16, the Bulls are now 10-1 at home and 14-6 on the road, out-scoring opponents 97.8 to 88 on average. Last year the Bulls also finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference, but failed to make it to the 2011 NBA Finals.
The Miami Heat (23-7), Thunder (22-7) and San Antonio Spurs (21-9) appear as the only teams that should threaten the Bulls to finish with the best record in the league this year. Posting the best regular season record guarantees a team home court advantage throughout the NBA Playoffs, meaning the No. 1 seed gets to host every round. That becomes a huge advantage for teams that play exceptionally well at home.
The season isn't halfway over quite yet, but the Bulls have already emerged as one of the favorites to play for the title in 2012. Do you think that the Bulls can keep up their current pace of wins? Will the 2012 NBA standings shift at the top before the end of April?