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West now 44-17 vs. East so far this season

Nov 25, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

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Remember before the season there were some pundits saying the Eastern Conference was finally catching up with the West in terms of depth of talent?

Um, not so much.

So far this young season, the West is 44-17 against the East (numbers updated from Jeff Caplan’s story at NBA.com). Or, look at it this way — on Monday afternoon there are 13 teams in the West that are .500 or better, in the East there are six. The East has an entire division — the Atlantic — that is under .500. Once again this season it is very possible the 8 seed in the East will be a below .500 team.

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While the elite of the East — Miami and Indiana — are certainly on the NBA’s top tier, the depth is not the same. Not even close.

A few more notes via Caplan:

* The West’s top three teams — Spurs (5-0), Trail Blazers (6-0) and Thunder (3-0) — are a combined 14-0 against the East (The Warriors, Nuggets and Lakers are a combined 6-0)
* The West’s bottom seven teams are 14-11 against the East and that includes Utah’s 0-4 mark.
* The Mavericks are 5-1 against the East and 9-5 overall
* The Timberwolves are 5-2 against the East and 8-7 overall.
* The 76ers are 6-9 overall and 1-4 against the West
* The Pistons are 4-8 overall and 1-5 against the West

We could go on and on here, but you get the point.

It makes it hard on teams like Memphis and Golden State, who lost key players (Andre Iguodala and Marc Gasol) indefinitely to injury. Those are likely still playoff teams, but in a packed West if those injuries cost them 4 or 5 wins they could quickly fall from a top 4 seed in the playoffs to the 7 seed, and suddenly the path through the postseason is much more difficult. Meanwhile out East the Bulls without Derrick Rose can realistically still be a top 4 seed.

  1. cbking05 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Great Geeky Stats

  2. shanelsweet - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Chicago is toast. Management is going to blow the team up now that Rose is gone again. Here’s hoping one of the young, “tanking” teams like the Sixers steps up. That would be fun to watch.

  3. lastdukestreetking - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Some of this is scheduling but also the East has almost all the disappointing teams – Knicks, Nets, Cavs, Wiz – all of whom were supposed to be better this season.

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      You can throw the Bulls onto that list with the injury to Derrick Rose.

      That’s 5 teams expected to be solid to very good who may struggle to play 0.500 ball.

      The only positive surprise in the East is the solid Atlanta Hawks, but 1 positive can’t counter 5 negatives.

      • 00maltliquor - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        I don’t know about all that man, you saw the Bulls last year without Rose, right?

        But hell yeah, the Hawks are definitely a surprise. I had those guys ranked at the bottom of the East before pre-season.

  4. mungman69 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    There are a lot of really bad teams in the East. When they play each other someone has to win, right?

  5. bougin89 - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Other than the Heat and Pacers it’s not looking good for the East this year. The Bucks are exactly where I wanted them to be though.

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      I think I read somewhere that the Heat and Pacers are 3-0 against the West, while the rest of the East is 14-44 against the West.

      So the East looks two teams deep right now, which is sad.

  6. antistratfordian - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Too bad they can’t keep this up in the finals.

  7. 00maltliquor - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    I tried to tell y’all before the season even began about the depth of the West vs the East!! But nope, most of you weren’t buying..you hear me now?!

  8. lastdukestreetking - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    ATL is the east team that is decent enough to be taking advantage of the mostly bad teams in their conference.

  9. lcdcac - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    The West can continue being the better conference and continue to get 2ND place in the Finals! Enjoy

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