Atlanta (20-24) and New Jersey (20-28) would both qualify for the playoffs if the season ended right now. At 19-28, Chicago is only 1/2 game behind. Then you go over to the Western Conference where Houston (28-20) and Portland (27-20) would be left out of the playoffs. It's an absolute disgrace that any team with a record under .500 can make the playoffs, not to mention the fact that there are better teams getting left out. How would I fix it? Get rid of the conferences. 16 best teams make the playoffs and are seeded according to their record. Right now, there are 10 teams from the West that would make the playoffs and 6 teams from the East. The playoff matchups would look like this... #1 Boston vs #16 Washington #8 Utah vs #9 Orlando #4 Dallas vs #13 Cleveland #5 New Orleans vs #12 Houston #3 Phoenix vs #14 Portland #6 LA Lakers vs #11 Golden State #7 San Antonio vs #10 Denver #2 Detroit vs #15 Toronto No more easy road to the finals like Cleveland had last year. I think it would make the finals more competitive.