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The Bracket

The goofy Western Conference playoff bracket wherein the second-best team will get the fourth seed has gotten all the attention, but there's some Eastern Conference wackiness as well. After all, can anyone doubt that you'd rather get the sixth seed and face New Jersey followed by Miami than the fifth seed and face Cleveland followed by Detroit? The league is lucky that Indiana, Washington, Philadelphia and Milwaukee are so tightly packed that it doesn't make sense for anyone to try and tank games in order to finish sixth rather than fifth because doing so runs a strong risk of getting yourself dropped to seven or eight.

March 11, 2006 | Permalink

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"The goofy Western Conference playoff bracket wherein the second-best team will get the fourth seed has gotten all the attention, but there's some Eastern Conference wackiness as well."

There's a much better than 50% chance under the current rules that the 4 seed will have a better record than the 3 seed. In other words, it would be odd if it weren't happening in the Eastern conference.

And that's why they're going to be changing the rules next year.

Under the current rules, getting the 6 seed is almost always like winning the lottery.

Posted by: Petey | Mar 11, 2006 12:21:57 PM

What happens if Denver collapses to the point of ninth best record but is still division leader?

Posted by: sf | Mar 13, 2006 11:17:19 AM

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