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April 29, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: Key Switch

by Kevin Pelton

Moving Kendrick Perkins on Dirk Nowitzki, along with an aggressive Kevin Durant, helped the Oklahoma City Thunder stave off an upset bid from the Dallas Mavericks in Saturday's Game 1.

April 28, 2012

Prospectus Roundtable: 2011-12 Awards and Playoff Picks

by Kevin Pelton

On the morning of the first day of the NBA Playoffs, Basketball Prospectus' team of NBA analysts wraps up the regular season by handing out awards and makes its picks for the playoffs.

April 27, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Memphis-L.A. Clippers

by Kevin Pelton

This matchup of the two relative newcomers to the Western Conference Playoffs features strength against strength when the Clippers' efficient offense meets Memphis' ballhawking defense.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: L.A. Lakers-Denver

by Kevin Pelton

In a surprisingly even 3-6 matchup, the outcome between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers may come down to which team wins close games.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City-Dallas

by Kevin Pelton

This rematch of last year's Western Conference Finals features teams that have gone in different directions over the last 11 months, making the Oklahoma City Thunder the clear favorite in this series.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: San Antonio-Utah

by Kevin Pelton

The success the Utah Jazz has enjoyed during the month of April with a big lineup could be a wild card in this series, but the San Antonio Spurs still appear to have the right pieces to control this 1-8 matchup.

Premium Article Playoff Preview: Miami-New York

by Kevin Pelton

Both the Miami and the New York Knicks went through extreme ups and downs throughout the 2011-12 regular season, making it challenging to predict what to expect from this star-studded matchup.

April 26, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Rotations: Projecting Performance

by Kevin Pelton

How does using only results compiled with players in the projected playoff rotation included change our assessment of teams?

April 25, 2012

Every Play Counts: 2011-12 All-Defensive Teams

by Kevin Pelton

For the seventh consecutive season, All-Defensive Teams (plus honorable mentions) chosen with a combination of a variety of defensive statistics and observation.

April 24, 2012

Awards Ballot: 2011-12 Picks

by Kevin Pelton

With the exception of MVP, chosen yesterday, and defensive awards still to come, one scribe picks the NBA's postseason awards.

April 23, 2012

James Stands Alone: 2011-12 MVP Ballot

by Kevin Pelton

For a while, potential voters looked for reasons to pick someone besides LeBron James for MVP. Ultimately, James' season proved without peer.

April 20, 2012

Anatomy of Futility: The Charlotte Bobcats

by Kevin Pelton

The Charlotte Bobcats are threatening a variety of ignominious league records. How did the Bobcats get this bad?

April 19, 2012

Phoenix Health: Suns Lead Injury Standings

by Kevin Pelton

So far this season, Phoenix Suns players have missed just 18 games due to injuries, far and away the lowest mark in the league. Expanding to the three years for which we have injury data, Phoenix still comes out on top.

April 17, 2012

Premium Article Three Centers: Carlisle's Options

by Kevin Pelton

Rick Carlisle has been sorting through three options at center during the month of April, giving more playing time to young Ian Mahinmi and Brandan Wright, but the numbers indicate veteran Brendan Haywood remains Dallas' best option.

April 16, 2012

Premium Article On Point: LeBron James at PG

by Kevin Pelton

Over the past two weeks, the Miami Heat has made heavy use of a lineup with LeBron James running the point. A check of the numbers shows how effective this grouping can be.

April 13, 2012

Premium Article Uneven Halves: Extreme Performance Swings

by Kevin Pelton

During this lockout-shortened season, teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers have seen their performance before and after the All-Star break switch far more than usual.

April 12, 2012

Premium Article Upward Trend: Scoring Since the Lockout

by Kevin Pelton

As expected, scoring is down across the NBA during this shortened post-lockout season. However, a look at the monthly trends shows the league getting back to normal lately.

April 11, 2012

Premium Article Cloudy Future: Where Odom Goes from Here

by Kevin Pelton

Lamar Odom's decline from 2010-11 to this season was the single largest ever for a player used so heavily. Can we learn anything about his future from other players who experienced similar declines?

April 10, 2012

Future Freshmen: Scouting the Hoop Summit

by Kevin Pelton

The Nike Hoop Summit offers a first glimpse at future stars from U.S. high schools and international clubs. Here's a look at the 11 players from the game who will matriculate on college campuses next fall, including Shabazz Mohammed and Nerlens Noel.

April 9, 2012

Premium Article Locking Down: Knicks Winning with D

by Kevin Pelton

Since Mike Woodson replaced Mike D'Antoni on the sidelines, the Knicks have been defending as well as anyone in the NBA thanks to their versatile lineups.

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