Houston Rockets Case Study

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Houston Rockets (53-14) Current Seed: 1

Per usual, head coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense has the Houston Rockets in first place and rolling through the regular season. However, the question remains if D’Antoni’s system can prove sustainable over the course of several long and grueling Western Conference playoff series. Luckily for Rockets fans, they have a second future Hall of Famer in Chris Paul to pair with current MVP favorite James Harden this time around, as they try to dethrone the Golden State Warriors and claim Western Conference superiority.

Predicted Playoff Seed: 1

Golden State Warriors (52-16) Current Seed: 2

With Steph Curry nursing a tweak to his oft-injured right ankle, subsequent reports that fellow Splash Brother Klay
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Enter Donovan Mitchell.

Seemingly out of nowhere, the 13th-overall pick out of Louisville has taken the league by storm and forcefully pushed his way firmly into the Rookie of the Year conversation. Additionally, while most rookies start to hit a wall around the All-Star break, Mitchell has continued to get better. In fact, the shooting guard has led the Jazz to eight straight victories and nine in the last 10 games to push the Jazz all the way into the 7th seed.

Regardless of how the rest of the season unfolds, head coach Quinn Snyder deserves a ton of credit for getting this team in position to not only compete this season, but for years to come. Look for Mitchell hold position and lead the Jazz faithful not only to the playoffs, but into the future as well. Projected Playoff Seed: 7

Denver Nuggets (37-31) Current Seed: 10

The Denver Nuggets are the most polarizing team in the NBA. On any given night, the Nuggets can look capable of beating the 96’ Chicago Bulls and then lose to the Sacramento Kings two days later. And while inconsistency has plagued the Nuggets for the majority of the season, the team certainly has shown enough flashes to entertain the idea of being a potential dark horse in a first round playoff

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