Commentary

Simulating the West playoff race

With Pau Gasol out, do the Lakers have a chance to reach the postseason?

Updated: February 7, 2013, 11:25 AM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

As we approach the NBA's All-Star break, the playoff pictures should be clearing up. Instead, after the top two teams, the Western Conference races are as muddled as ever. With the help of simulating the remainder of the season a thousand times, let's take a look at what the numbers say about who will end up where when the music stops in April.