It is an absolute disgrace that a team like the Indiana Pacers, who finished at 37-45 (actually WORSE than the Jazz) makes the playoffs when there are teams in the NBA that don't make the playoffs with winning records. Case in point: the Houston Rockets, who finished 43-39 and didn't make the playoffs when they finished with a better record than three teams that made the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. They also beat the Pacers in both match ups this season. How exactly do the Pacers deserve to make the playoffs when the Rockets don't? If anyone can answer this question, they are a smarter man than I. How I would solve said problem? Give the last playoff spot to the team that finishes with the best record overall in the league among the last 15 teams. Also make it a rule that a team has to finish with at least a .500 record or better to make it to the playoffs in their conference if there are .500 or better record teams in the other conference that don't qualify for the playoffs. In my proposal, the Houston Rockets (43-39) would replace the Indiana Pacers (37-45) in the Eastern Conference 8th and final playoff spot. The same would happen if the 9th place team in the East had a better record than the 8th place team in the West.