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PBT Podcast: Ranking NBA’s best-of-the-rest teams

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Five teams have emerged as consensus favorites to win the 2022 NBA title: Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Nets and Brooklyn Nets.

Does anyone else belong in that group?

Eight other teams have at least a 98% chance of making the playoffs, according to The Ringer:


  • Miami Heat (41-22)
  • Chicago Bulls (39-23)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers (36-26)
  • Boston Celtics (37-27)
  • Memphis Grizzlies (43-20)
  • Utah Jazz (39-22)
  • Dallas Mavericks (37-25)
  • Denver Nuggets (36-26)

On the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast, Dan Feldman and Dan Devine of The Ringer – who recently wrote an excellent article on the Heat’s playoff hopes – rank those eight best-of-the-rest teams: