Which teams make postseason?

Answering some early questions using Hollinger's Playoff Odds

Updated: December 4, 2013, 12:55 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

Joe JohnsonNathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesCould either the Knicks or Nets rebound to somehow win the Atlantic Division?

The problem with looking at which teams will at the playoffs "if the season ended today" isn't that -- spoiler alert! -- the season doesn't end today. The issue is treating a process in motion as a fixed outcome. Since teams can move around up through the last night of the season, it's better to view the playoff picture in terms of probabilities. That's what the Hollinger Playoff Odds do, simulating the season 5,000 times to estimate the likelihood of various outcomes.

With this year's ratings starting to settle down, it's time to look at some key NBA questions with the help of the Playoff Odds and my own simulations of the remainder of the season.