Roughly 20 games remain for each team in the NBA season. Up to this point only one team has clinched a playoff berth, the Atlanta Hawks. However, entering Wednesday night, the Golden State Warriors hold the best record in the NBA at 50-12, a half game better than Atlanta.
Golden State has yet to clinch a playoff spot because of the closeness of the top teams in the Western Conference. While the Warriors lead the league in wins, they have just 15 wins more than the current No. 8 seed, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference, Atlanta has nine more wins than the current No. 2 seed Cleveland Cavaliers and 22 more wins than the current No. 8 seed Charlotte Hornets.
The teams at the bottom of the East might not be great, but the race for the final playoff seed is close. Five teams are within four games of the last two seeds in the conference — Indiana, Charlotte, Miami, Boston and Brooklyn. In the West, Oklahoma City has held on through numerous injuries during the season and currently sits in the final playoff spot. If they can make it to the playoffs at full strength with a healthy Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City would be one of the most dangerous No. 8 seeds in history.
Across the final month of the season, the Warriors will host four of the five most expensive games on the secondary market. The most expensive game will come on April 9 against the Portland Trail Blazers with an average price of $616.57. The three other games all have an average price above $385.