NBA: Ranking the 20 projected playoff teams based on their record vs. winning teams

With the NBA Playoffs around the corner, we begin to rank the 20 projected postseason qualifiers based on their record vs. winning teams.

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1. Boston Celtics (26-13)

It is no surprise that the Boston Celtics currently have the best record in the NBA and also the best record against teams over .500. If it hasn’t been cleared by now, the Celtics are going to be the overwhelming favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference once the playoffs begin, and are going to have a strong chance to be the overall favorites to win the 2024 NBA championship.

With little-to-no flaws on their roster, the Celtics will be entering the postseason with plenty of pressure to finally deliver a championship. Over the past half-decade, this is a team that has been close to breaking through and winning it all. For one reason or another, the Celtics have struggled to get over the hump. With a loaded roster, if it doesn't happen this year, you'd have to wonder if it is ever going to happen with this core.

For as dominant as the Celtics have been this season, short of massive injury, it's hard to envision this team not making the NBA Finals at least. That's been considered the floor for this team all season long.

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