In the updated 2012 NBA standings, the Chicago Bulls once again have the best record in the league. At 36-9, the Bulls are now three and a half games ahead of the Miami Heat for the best record in the Eastern Conference and seven and a half games ahead of third best Orlando Magic. By beating the Heat on Wednesday night (March 14), the Bulls really showed how dominating they have been this year.
When it comes to the playoff rankings, the Milwaukee Bucks have moved up and into a tie for eighth place in the East with the New York Knicks. Both teams have 19-24 records, meaning they have struggled a lot and could still make it into the postseason. With recent trades, it should be interesting to see if maybe the New Jersey Nets can catch up to the pack.
Over in the Western Conference standings, the Oklahoma City Thunder sits on top with a 32-10 record. The team is three and a half games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs for that top spot right now, showing that the Thunder may easily finish with the best record in the West for the first time while calling OKC home.
These 2012 NBA standings are likely to shift a bit in the final six weeks of the season, especially with how close some of the teams are in the Western Conference. There are five teams with 24 wins, beginning with the LA Clippers and LA Lakers and working all the way down to the Houston Rockets. Several other teams could try to work into the playoff picture by posting some wins in important games this week.
Do you think that the conference leaders will finish like this in the final 2012 NBA standings? Does this make the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder the favorites to make the NBA Finals?
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