Golden State in the playoffs? "With the Warriors off to a 14-7 start, Golden State seems in good shape to usurp one of the West's playoffs spots -- their current odds stand at 81.6 percent, and as noted above they've done this mostly without Andrew Bogut. If they're in, it creates a real mess for the hopefuls beneath them. One presumes that the top four teams will make it easily, and I think most still figure the Lakers will join them. If Golden State also makes it, that leaves Denver, Utah, Minnesota, Houston and Dallas fighting for two spots. If you further presume that Denver will recover from its early malaise and land nearer 50 wins than the 45 currently projected, that leaves just one spot for the rest. All we really know is that somehow, some way, Houston will manage to finish ninth."