Where Warriors are projected to finish in West by ESPN's BPI


The Warriors are 13-12 through 25 games and enter Thursday's slate of action in eighth place in the Western Conference.

The field is incredibly jumbled, as Golden State just is one game behind the fifth-place Portland Trail Blazers (13-10), and only three games ahead of the 14th-place Oklahoma City Thunder.

In this unprecedented season, it's anybody's guess how the playoff field will shake out.

But according to ESPN's enhanced Basketball Power Index (BPI), Golden State has a 56.2 percent chance of finishing sixth or better in the West.

And remember, getting the No. 6 seed carries extra importance this year because you avoid the play-in tournament (which is comprised of seeds No. 7 through No. 10).

"Now utilizing real plus-minus and player availability data, BPI can properly account for who's playing in each game and how much their individual efforts contribute to team success on the court," Kirk Goldsberry writes.

Obviously, Steph Curry is the main variable contributing to the Warriors' relatively strong position. The two-time NBA MVP is No. 2 in the league in total real plus-minus (7.86) and is No. 1 by a wide margin in offensive real plus-minus (9.36).

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Curry is averaging 34.6 points, 5.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds over his last seven games, while shooting 57.3 percent overall, 52.4 percent from deep and 94.6 percent from the free-throw line.

If he continues to play at an MVP level, the Warriors have a much better chance at proving the BPI correct.

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