The west will be the dominant conference yet again. Leaving two .500 plus teams out if the playoffs and in the lottery.
it has been this way for the last 3 years as the 13/14 slots were both occupied by western conference teams.
The West has been so good for so long that since 2003 only 4 eastern conference teams have drafted 13/14 compared to 18 for the west.
Like most years, the 9th best team in the East will be several games worse than the 9th and 10th best teams in the west.
Since 2007, the 9th best East team is 42 games worse than the 9th best west team, or 6 games per season.
so... Yeah. Even if we were a shaky 2-1 or strong 1-2 I'd say we shouldn't worry too much about falling into the No Mans Land between Top 12 and Playoffs as we'd probably need to win 40 games minimum and have 8 other EC teams win more while a,so finishing better than a few of the Denver/Portland/Dallas/Lakers/Hornets teams projected in that 8-11 range,