Playoff Odds: It could get interesting

PER Diem: Dec. 8, 2009

Updated: December 8, 2009, 3:18 PM ET
By John Hollinger |
Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Pau GasolAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Playoff Odds show that the Lakers and other contenders have more competition than we thought.

I've been saying for a while that we have an unusually compressed league this season, with even the best teams piled up in close proximity to one another. I could show this with the Power Rankings, but because that's a bit of an abstraction from wins and losses, I'm not sure it hammers home how much parity we've had in the first month of the season.