Let's see how the odds of each of these teams making it into the Playoffs has evolved and upadte our forecasts based on most recent games:
Only in Hollywood-land could an NBA team's probability of making the Playoffs jump from 10% to 40% in a matter of three weeks with only a quarter of the season remaining. All experts (and stats bloggers like me :-)) agreed that the Lakers' Playoff run would require a big slip by one or more of the team's ahead, and that is exactly what the Jazz is handing the Lakers on a silver.... scratch that, golden platter, with a probability drop from 90% to 55% over the same three weeks! Talk of a big slip! But to make this the perfect Hollywood script, the Lakers should clinch that 8th spot with a win on the final regular season against Houston...
Here's a table summarizing most recent values as of 2013-03-08:
Given the current excitement and hype, I'm guessing I will be posting updates sooner rather than later!