PER Diem: Dec. 31, 2008

The Spurs might be sitting pretty with a 20-11 record, but the Playoff Odds tell a different story.

Updated: December 31, 2008, 1:21 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

Checking out the Playoff Odds on Wednesday, there's a bit of a surprise out West.

According to Wednesday's simulations, the eight most likely playoff teams from that conference are the Lakers, Blazers, Nuggets, Hornets, Rockets, Jazz, Mavs and Suns.

You'll notice I didn't mention the Spurs. After Tuesday's 100-98 loss at home to Milwaukee, the Spurs project to finish ninth in the West with a 47-35 record. They're a lowly 14th in the Power Rankings -- more than a point ...

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