On Monday we reviewed four factors that could prove to be more or less important than usual in an NBA season shortened by a work stoppage, and revealed which five teams stand to gain the most if those factors come into play.
Today, we'll look at the other side of the coin: five teams that are more likely to suffer in the event of a lockout-shortened season. Above all, the math indicates that both performance level and consistency will have a significant impact on a lockout-shortened campaign.
There's been a lot of doom and gloom in L.A. following the Lakers' being swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 playoffs. The reality is that sweeps can happen fairly frequently, even among competitive teams. Some quick math to make Lakers fans feel better: Even if two teams have equal abilities, a best-of-seven series will result in a sweep roughly 13 percent of the time. The bottom line is that the Lakers still have a team that's capable of winning a championship.
However, it does look like that goal will be harder for L.A. to achieve after a work stoppage.